MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Assistant City Prosecutor Robert Broeren Jr. touched on nine of the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Wednesday evening, during the Constitution Lecture Series being presented at the Mount Vernon Memorial Theater.
The series has run for the past four Wednesday evenings, and will wrap up next week.
He explained the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, after our nation’s Founding Fathers — such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — worked as soon as the Constitution itself was ratified to ensure the Bill of Rights protecting precious American freedoms would be added to the original document as soon as possible.
“The Constitution that was ratified by the states did not contain a Bill of Rights, and many of the states had based their adoption on the agreement that a Bill of Rights amending the Constitution would soon be proposed and added to the Constitution,” Broeren said.
He explained the freedoms protected by the Third, Seventh and Eighth amendments.
The Third Amendment protects American citizens from quartering soldiers without their consent, during peacetime, and allows it only under certain circumstances in times of war.