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Constitution Day: The Bill of Rights

All about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.--Preamble to the Bill of Rights

The Constitution might never have been ratified if the framers hadn't promised to add a Bill of Rights. The first ten amendments to the Constitution gave citizens more confidence in the new government and contain many of today's Americans most valued freedoms. 

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About the Bill of Rights

What Does it Say?


The meaning of the document


How Did it Happen?


The history of the document


How Was it Made?


The creation of the parchment document


Where can I learn about the Bill of Rights?


More Constitutional Amendments


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The Bill of Rights Transcript

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