Welcome to The Bill of Rights website.
On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. The new United States Constitution had already been ratified, yet the future of the new country was still at risk. Many of the founding fathers were demanding a "bill of rights" which would protect the people from the government. This bill of rights was to be added to the Constitution to guarantee individual liberties, to make sure that the new government would not treat citizens like the old colonial government of Great Britain did. But not everyone agreed that this bill of rights was necessary.
Two groups opposed each other, the Federalists who wanted a strong government and no bill of rights, and the Anti-Federalists who wanted more power for the states and a bill of rights. To reach an agreement, James Madison promised to add a bill of rights to the Constitution.
Father of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights
"If we cannot secure all our rights, let us secure what we can."
Letter from Jefferson to James Madison, dated March 15, 1789
How to use this website
Each of the amendments has it's own page. Some are divided into several pages because of the complexity of the amendment.
Click the Scroll to go to the Final Activity Page
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