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Adding a Bill of Rights

Constitutional amendments

Several crucial states had ratified the Constitution only because they were promised a bill of rights.

Once the new Congress was elected, it needed to add the bill in the form of amendments to the Constitution.

James Madison took charge of putting the Bill of Rights through Congress.

He pointed out that in England the constitution limited only the king’s power, not Parliament’s. The amendments would protect against all abuses of power.

The states approved 10 of the 12 amendments that Congress had approved. They became the Bill of Rights.

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