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.
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