The following content was curated specifically for HST113, US History to 1877, with Professor Worthington. Utilize the content herein to complete your research assignment on the Bill of Rights.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution. The 1789 Joint Resolution of Congress proposing the amendments is on display in the Rotunda in the National Archives Museum. Ten of the proposed 12 amendments were ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures on December 15, 1791. The ratified Articles (Articles 3–12) constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, or the U.S. Bill of Rights. In 1992, 203 years after it was proposed, Article 2 was ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution. Article 1 was never ratified.
Read both the Joint Resolution to Congress proposing 12 amendments to the Constitution, as well as the Constitution as it was amended at the National Archives.