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A Timeline of Adoption

New Jersey

November 20, 1789

Maryland

December 19, 1789

North Carolina

December 22, 1789

South Carolina

January 19, 1790

New Hampshire

January 25, 1790

Delaware

January 28, 1790

Pennsylvania

March 10, 1790

New York

March 27, 1790

Rhode Island

June 11, 1790

Vermont

November 3, 1791

Virginia

December 15, 1791

Massachusetts

March 2, 1939

Georgia

March 18, 1939

Connecticut

April 19, 1939

Contents

Introduction

Introductions, the documentary history of each amendment, and major themes about the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

From Political Liberty to Social Freedom

Using artwork, see how the idea of rights has changed throughout American history.

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Documentary Origins and Politics of the Bill of Rights

Interactive chart showing the origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

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