The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified in 1789. Throughout the 227 years of its existence, it has been amended 27 times to meet current needs.
The first 10 amendments were written on December 15, 1791 by James Madison and are known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights explains that government power is limited and specifically lists the important rights belonging to each individual in the country.
As part of this year’s celebration of the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the United States Courts interviewed students from Miami University of Ohio to have them explain why the Bill of Rights is important to them. Click below to view their responses.
More educational resource tools about Bill of Rights Day are found on the United States Courts website.