Which Amendment from the Bill of Rights is Worthy of a Paper?
I am about to start a research paper for my United States Constitutional History class, regarding the Bill of Rights. I have the following assignment and would love to have input from you guys.
Pick a clause of the original Constitution or Bill of Rights. Trace the meaning and application of that clause.
- First, why did the Framers insert it in the Constitution?
- What was their understanding of it? How has the Court interpreted it?
- Be certain to include instances of changing historical circumstances–things that the Framers could not have predicted–that have influenced the Court’s interpretation. You should not only note how the Court has interpreted the Clause and its application of Constitutional doctrine, but also the methods the Court used.
While I know a plethora of information can be found on each of the possible clauses and Amendments, I’d love to write about something that might not be so well-known. No doubt all the U.S. Constitution’s clauses and Bill of Rights are interesting, but is there a certain one that is really worth digging into? If anyone has any input or direction, I’d love to hear it.