A Bill Of Rights for Witches?
In drawing up a new constitution with which to govern themselves after the Revolutionary War, Americans drew heavily both on their experiences as colonists and as former citizens of the British empire. Their challenge was to develop a government that was strong enough to be effective in carrying out the national will but not so strong so as to threaten their individual liberties.
To protect their individual liberties, Americans added a Bill of Rights to their new Constitution. The Bill of Rights is actually the first ten amendments to that Constitution. The rights of people accused of a crime are specifically provided for in Amendments 4, 5, 6, and 8.
Referring to a copy of the Constitution, make a list of those rights below. Then be prepared to discuss in class if the Witchcraft Trials, which were part of the colonial/British experience, had any impact on the Bill of Rights. How might the Witchcraft Trails have been different if the Bill of Rights had been in effect in 1692?
Rights of the Accused