At the country’s founding, the protection of the rights of individual citizens by the federal government was hotly debated.

Week 5 Discussion
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At the country’s founding, the protection of the rights of individual citizens by the federal government was hotly debated. But once the Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution, the rights laid out were to be protected. But as we have seen throughout American history, in some cases the American people have had to remind the federal government of their obligations to protect the rights of all citizens. Looking back over the course of the second half of the 20th and the first part of the 21st century, which has been a more active force in protecting the rights laid out in the Bill of Rights, the American people or the federal government? Be sure to justify your answer using historical evidence.