Debates over the Bill of Rights in the First Congress

May 27, 1789

Mr. STEELE‘s motion on the subject of amendments was taken up.

The motion was divided; and the first part, respecting the appointment of a committee to examine and report the decisions of the several States on the amendments proposed by Congress to the Constitution of the United States, was agreed to; and Messrs. Steele, Moore, and Contee were appointed. The other part respecting additional amendments was negative.

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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