The Origins of the Bill of Rights by Amendment

This list of the ten amendments contains links to all known documentary origins of each right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, including their English and Colonial roots, Continental and State Constitution origins, and those that were proposed or otherwise brought up during the State Ratifying Conventions of 1787-1788. Details on the State Ratifying Conventions are found in Part 3: Politics.

Amendment One
Amendment Five
Amendment Six
Amendment Eight



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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