Celebrating Bill of Rights Day 2018

Today we celebrate the Bill of Rights during National Bill of Rights Day. Many of our most cherished rights as citizens - including many that each of us takes for granted every day are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. But the Bill of Rights was not an original part of the Constitution. The creation of the Bill of Rights was one of the first major compromises made to create our nation. These rights were enacted through the Massachusetts Compromise.

The compromise helped gather enough support for the Constitution to ensure its ratification and lead to the adoption of the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution - which spell out our rights as Americans. These 10 amendments guarantee civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the states.