view. While the operation of the Supremacy Clause should prevent serious local erosion of civil rights and liberties, the creation of an independent body of state law may promote a provincialism which is anachronistic in an era of instantaneous telecommunications and space travel.
The "nationalization" of the Bill of Rights refers to the gradual application of provisions of the first eight amendments of the Constitution to the states as a requirement of the "due process of law" guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Bill of Rights was originally understood to apply only to the federal government. See: Barron v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 243, 8 L.Ed. 672 ( 1833).