This short dramatizes how disparate events in history contributed to the adoption of three provisions in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. The events (and the affected Constitutional provisions) are 1) The political basis for the nursery rhyme 'Hush-a-Bye Baby' (freedom of speech); 2) The trial of newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger (freedom of the press); and 3) the unsolved mystery of the 'Man in the Iron Mask' (prohibition of the infliction of 'cruel and unusual punishments'). Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
Includes archive footage from 'Nursery Rhyme Mysteries' (1943), 'The Story That Couldn't Be Printed' (1939) and 'The Face Behind the Mask' (1938). See more »
[quoting the defense lawyer's concluding plea in the trial of John Peter Zenger]
"Arbitrary governments oppress the people under their power, and when those people complain, the governments make those complaints a crime. We can bring but one verdict, one supreme right for all: the liberty of speaking and writing the truth."
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Entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series shows us three different stories that all link to the Bill of Rights. First off we hear how a popular nursery rhyme for children helped get King James II out of England. Next up we learn that a small newspaper helped establish freedom of the press. Finally, the story of the man in the iron mask shows why cruel and unusual punishment is not allowed. Nesbitt's Passing Parade is one of the most entertaining series that pop up on Turner Classic Movies ever few weeks. The films don't have the greatest production values as a lot of them lift scenes from other movies but what works so well are the actual stories. As usual, I wasn't aware of any of the three stories being told here so my thrill of learning something new goes well with this series. The way we get told these forgotten stories are a lot of fun and they manage to stay entertaining throughout the 9-minute running times.
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