Definition: Bill of Rights











Ultimately the Constitution was ratified (approved) in 1788 when 9 of the 13 states agreed. But the promise for a Bill of Rights was critical. It would become the first 10 Amendments (changes/additions) to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights protected important freedoms such as speech, right to bear arms, due process, prevention of cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to an attorney.

NOTE: Nowhere in the Bill of Rights does it speak about economic equality. This is not an equality established in American culture.



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