When Was the Bill of Rights Ratified?


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The Bill of Rights was ratified and became law on December 15, 1791. Virginia became the 10th state to ratify the Bill of Rights, giving the two-thirds majority needed for it to become law. The Bill of Rights are the first 10 Amendments of the United States' Constitution and were written to protect U.S. citizens' basic rights.

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Congress approved 12 amendments to the Constitution in September, 1789. The amendments covered such rights as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial. Two of the amendments did not receive the majority needed to become law. One, concerning payment of congressional members, was ratified in 1992. As of 2015, the other amendment, concerning a population system for representation, has never been ratified.

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