The U.S. Bill of Rights was drafted over two centuries ago to protect individuals from tyranny and oppression. Its framers painstakingly shaped the Bill’s language to encompass a broad sphere of interpretation. Yet, they left the job of actually interpreting the document to the ages. This century finds the modern judiciary hard at work, over such issues as the admission of women to the Virginia Military Institute, and the allowance of prayer in public schools. Five constitutional scholars discuss the Bill of Rights and its significance for America in the 21st century. Guests are A.E. Dick Howard (University of Virginia), Robert O’Neil (University of Virginia), David Bearinger (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), Rodney Smolla (University of Richmond), and Barbara Perry (Sweet Briar).
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