WATCH: Bill of Rights – The Untold Story of Why it Exists

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Learn the history and the foundational principles behind the debate over adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.

By Tenth Amendment Center
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Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of Why it Exists

Most people associate passage of amendments in the 1st Congress with the dogged persistence of Rep. James Madison. But if it weren’t for the efforts of patriots like Richard Henry Lee, Samuel Adams, George Mason and John Hancock, he may never have had the opportunity. Learn the history and the foundational principles behind the debate over adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.

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Sept 12, 1787 – Philadelphia Convention -Committee of Revision reported a draft of the Constitution

Veto Debate – Hugh Williamson (NC) and Roger Sherman (CT)

Elbridge Gerry and George Mason proposals

Unanimous Rejection

Edmund Randolph to George Washington (30 Sept 1787)

Melancton Smith’s notes of the Confederation Congress (27 Sept 1787)

Sept 28 Compromise

Richard Henry Lee to Samuel Adams (5 Oct 1787)

First Five States

John Hancock’s Role

Recommended amendments
Massachusetts (6 Feb 1788)

South Carolina (23 May 1788)

New Hampshire (21 June 1788)

Virginia (27 June 1788)

New York (26 July 1788)

Samuel Adams to Elbridge Gerry (22 Aug 1789)

Samuel Adams to Richard Henry Lee (24 Aug 1789)

Thomas Jefferson – (15 Feb 1791)

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