The Bill of Rights

   The image shows the original Bill of Rights, which was added to the U.S. Constitution as the first ten Amendments in 1791.  The document originally contained twelve proposed amendments, but only ten were ratified by the states.  (The other two dealt with matters of Congressional representation and pay.) 
   The document was written by James Madison, and is based largely on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written in 1776 by George Mason. 

Bill of Rights

The document image is from the National Archives.
It has been resized for this page.

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