1789 September 25

Congress Passes the Bill of Rights; Sends it to the States for Ratification


Congress on this day passed the Bill of Rights and sent it to the states for ratification. Ratification occurred in December 1791, and December 15th is now celebrated as Bill of Rights Day.

See an original copy of the Bill of Rights: http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2704/

Read: Richard Lubansky, James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights (2006)

Learn more about the Bill of Rights at the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html

See the ACLU’s history of the Bill of Rights: https://www.aclu.org/racial-justice_prisoners-rights_drug-law-reform_immigrants-rights/bill-rights-brief-history

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