The Bill of Rights was added to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 15, 1791. Virginia was the 10th state to ratify the Bill of Rights, which provided the majority needed for legal ratification.
The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first 10 amendments of the Constitution that protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and the exercise of religion. The Bill of Rights also guarantees the right to bear arms and the right to a fair trial. The Bill of Rights was modeled after the English Bill of Rights of 1689 and Virginia’s Declaration of Rights of 1776.