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Government & Economics Primary Sources: The Bill of Rights PresentSaveRead AloudShare HidePrintAdd To Text Set The 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 Commons By Original document from the public domain, adapted by Newsela staff Published: 06/22/2016 Word Count: 823 Recommended for: Middle School - High School Text Level: 9 Congress 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

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