Today in History: Bill of Rights Passes Congress

| September 25, 2018

1080_Ad_Bill_of_Rights_Did you know that September 25th, 1789 marks the day when the Bill of Rights, designed to protect the basic rights of United States citizens, was approved by the first United States Congress? The twelve amendments, including the right to freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, fair legal procedures, and arms, were influenced by the English Bill of Rights (1689) and Virginia’s Declaration of Rights (1776) and were to become one of our nation’s most important documents. Ten amendments were ratified in 1791, while the thirteen amendment abolishing slavery and non-voluntary servitude (except as punishment for a crime) finally passed in 1865. Delegates believed that these amendments or rights would safeguard the rights of the individual while preserving the integrity of central government — a way to preserve the perfect union.

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