The first ten amendments to the Constitution are known collectively as the Bill of Rights. They guarantee essential rights and liberties not given in the Constitition.
From the National Archives. Includes high resolution images of the originals available for download. Also found are transcripts.
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, adopted as a single unit on Dec. 15, 1791.
Letter from George Washington discussing the need for a Bill of Rights to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, April 28, 1788. Includes image of the letter along with a transcription.
Links to articles and exhibits in the Library regarding the Bill of Rights.
Shown are documents from the original states that addressed citizen rights.
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