Resources to Teach about the Bill of Rights



On December 15, 1791, the American Bill of Rights took effect following ratification by Virginia. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, confirmed the fundamental rights of its citizens. The Bill of Rights draws influence and inspiration from the Magna Carta (1215), the English Bill of Rights (1689), and various later efforts in England and America to expand fundamental rights. George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights formed the basis of the amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.  Find resources to teach about James Madison, George Mason and other founders, along with key relevant documents at the Library of Congress.  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec15.html