Monday, June 27, 2005

A Rare Bill

Now through July 8 (except for the 4th of July) at the Posner Center, located in Hunt Library on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, one of 4 existing copies of the original printing of The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution will be on display. Originally, President Thomas Jefferson had 28 copies of the amendments printed, 2 for each State, now 1 copy is in the Library of Congress, one is held privately, one is held by the American Antiquarian Society, and one is in Pittsburgh.

With the 4th of July approaching, the Supreme Court issuing a number of decisions where freedom of speech, and the disagreements that we have about whether liberty for all can really be protected by denying it for a few, it seems a good time to reflect on how remarkable and enduring The Bill of Rights has been as a foundation for the freedoms we enjoy.

The Bill of Rights can be seen weekdays between 1 and 4 PM, now through July 8.


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