Government & EconomicsPrimary Sources: The Bill of RightsPresentSaveRead AloudShareHidePrintAdd To Text SetThe Bill of Rights, 12 articles of amendment to the U.S. Constitution proposed in 1789, 10 of which became part of the Constitution in 1791. National Archives, Wikimedia CommonsBy Original document from the public domain, adapted by Newsela staffPublished:06/22/2016Word Count:823Recommended for:Middle School - High SchoolText Level:9Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday, March 4, 1789.The leaders of a number of the States met as they started to follow the rules of the Constitution. They wanted to make it easier to understand its powers. They felt that clearer words needed to be added. In this way the people would understand and trust how the government of the United States can help its citizens.
It has been decided by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, by two-thirds of both Houses agreeing, that the following new parts be offered to the Legislatures of the States. They are amendments or changes to the Constitution of the United States. All, or any of the new parts must be approved by three-fourths of the said Legislature. Then they will become part of the said