The Bill of Rights is an important set of amendments to the United States Constitution, as the Constitution itself contained very few rights for the individual. The original United States Constitution was proposed in 1781 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Bill of Rights became the first 10 of the amendments made to the Constitution of the United States. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, which was four years following the ratification of the Constitution. In 1803, the Supreme Court of the United States nullified the first act of Congress that had been declared as unconstitutional. More than a century would pass before the Supreme Court would be called into action to protect the rights of the individual.