Monday, October 5, 2009

1789 Constitution Amendments Consideration

We, as Americans, should know our Bill of Rights which are the first ten amendments which passed in 1789. Did you know that our current Bill of Rights were actually the 3rd-12th amendments proposed? Do you know why we have our Bill of Rights?

Many of the original 13 states were not overly thrilled with the new Constitution when it was signed in September 1787. Some states' delegates only agreed to sign the Constitution when promises were made to further define some of the powers of the government.

In March 1789 at the Congress meeting in New York City, it was noted several states believed "in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added ..." to the Constitution.

Twelve amendments were proposed. The first two were not passed. The first was on the number of representatives allowed for each state and the second was on compensation for Congress.

The remaining proposed articles were adopted and ratified, thus becoming the first ten amendments or the Bill of Rights as we know them today.

Reference: The Library of Congress, Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789

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