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Daily Video for June 8 – Bill of Rights Beginnings

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MADISON PROPOSES THE BILL OF RIGHTS

On June 8, 1789, James Madison, then a Representative of Virginia’s 5th District, proposed 17 articles, or proposed amendments to the US Constitution.  These would be debated and passed by the House of Representatives, then shortened and combined into 12 and passed by the senate, then again by the House of Representatives in September of that year.

When sent to the states for ratification, articles three through 12 were passed, becoming the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.  Article two, which involved preventing Congress from increasing its compensation in its current term was passed in 1992, but the first article, specifying how Representatives are apportioned has not  yet been ratified, though it remains active and pending since there is no time limit set for the ratification of Constitutional Amendments.

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