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First Draft of the Bill of Rights

Congress sent these 12 constitutional amendments to the states for ratification in 1789. Articles 3-12 gained approval and became the Bill of Rights.

  • Type
    Manuscript
  • Date
    September 1789
  • Copyright
    Restricted

This is the list of constitutional amendments that Congress proposed to the states Sept. 25, 1789. The First Amendment as we know it is third. Only Articles 3-12, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791.

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