In congress fisher highlights these biases as he measures the record of the three branches in protecting individual rights and finds that congress far more than the president or the supreme court has defended the rights of blacks women children native americans and religious liberty. As with the other branches congress has violated individual rights but the general legislative record has been steady and significant legislative contributions have also come the states protection of individual rights often depends on pressures that build outside the three branches. Iii constitutional protection of individual rights a original textual provisions the original text of the constitution contained very few provisions protecting individual rights this probably occurred for two reasons first some of the framers believed that they had created a central government with limited powers that would not have the authority to violate individual rights. Get this from a library congress protecting individual rights louis fisher in comparing the record of the three branches in protecting the rights of blacks women children religious liberty and native americans congress has offered the greatest protection. At a time when congress seems determined to set new lows for being dysfunctional it may seem strange to publish a book that explains how lawmakers for more than two centuries have protected the rights of blacks women children religious liberty native americans and other minorities
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