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Bill of Rights


The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments to the U.S. constitution, and is a cornerstone of American democracy. George Mason refused to sign the U.S. constitution because it did not have a section containing rights of the individual. Some of the amendments are commonly talked about, such as the first amendment, which guaranteed free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government. What are some of the other amendments, and why are they important?

Source: First United States Congress, "Bill of Rights," Cornell University Law School (accessed May 19, 2009).

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First United States Congress, "Bill of Rights," in Virginia Civics, Item #503, (accessed January 27, 2022).
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