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Bill of Rights: Thematic Table of Contents

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The Colonial Heritage

  1. The Massachusetts Body of Liberties, December 1641
  2. The Maryland Act Concerning Religion, April 21, 1649

A New and More Noble Course: Creating Republican Governments

  1. The Virginia Declaration of Rights and Constitution, June 12 and 29, 1776
  2. The New Jersey Constitution, July 3, 1776
  3. The Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights and Constitution, September 28, 1776
  4. The Massachusetts Declaration of Rights and Constitution, March 2, 1780
  5. James Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance, June 20, 1785
  6. The Northwest Ordinance, July 3, 1787

The Bill of Rights and Ratification of the Constitution

  1. Objections at the Constitutional Convention, September 10, 12, 15, and 17, 1787
  2. James Wilson’s State House Speech, October 6, 1787
  3. The Federal Farmer IV, October 12, 1787
  4. Richard Henry Lee to Edmund Randolph, October 16, 1787
  5. An Old Whig IV, October 27, 1787
  6. Brutus II, November 1, 1787
  7. The Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania, December 18, 1787
  8. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, December 20, 1787
  9. The Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 24–27, 1787
  10. The New York Ratifying Convention, June 17–july 25, 1788
  11. Federalist 84, July 16, 1788
  12. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, July 31, 1788

The Bill of Rights and the First Congress

  1. Madison to Jefferson, October 17, 1788
  2. Representative Madison Argues for a Bill of Rights, June 8, 1789
  3. The House Version, July 28, August 13 –24, 1789
  4. The Senate Version, August 25–September 9, 1789
  5. The Congress sends Twelve Amendments to the States, September 25, 1789
  6. Amendments I–X: The Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791
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