Today in History: The 10th Amendment Is Ratified

| December 15, 2017

171211_news_219x365December 15, 1791 marks the day when the Bill of Rights became law, for Virginia became the last state to ratify and make the first ten amendments part of the U.S. Constitution. The 10th amendment, in particular, stipulated, “Rights not given to the federal government or prohibited the state governments by the Constitution, are reserved to the States… or to the people”. This clause expresses the principle of federalism and states’ rights; in other words, the federal government possesses the powers delegated to it by the Constitution, with all remaining powers reserved for the states or people.

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  • Check out The Bill of Rights on America’s Founding Documents at the National Archives; you can get more information on its history and meaning, read the transcript, and see or download a high resolution image of this important document which includes the Tenth Amendment.


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