Bill of Rights Day is the most important day in US history. On December 15, 1791, a legal document entered into force, which became part of the Constitution, although it was not included in it. Today it is considered the basic guarantee of right and freedom for every American. Find out more about him!
In the 18th century, the American Constitution had a serious flaw – the absence of articles on human rights. The statesman, senator, 4th US President James Madison presented ten amendments that would eliminate the problem. The document was adopted and entered into force – its name is “Bill of Rights”. Conventionally, the amendments can be divided into 2 categories: civil rights and freedoms and their implementation guarantees.
Bill first appeared in 1215 in Britain. It was the only document at the time that limited the power of the king. The original version included 12 amendments, 2 of which were not approved. Curiously, in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Bill’s amendments were successfully used to form the basis.
Notable moments about Bill:
- the document is considered a real breakthrough in the development of civil society in the United States;
- not everyone unanimously supported him: Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts remained on the sidelines. Ratification took place only in 1939;
- travel document! On the Liberty train, he traveled all over the country. Travel time – 18 months;
- Madison was sure that Bill would not bring success. However, he saved the Constitution of the country;
- there were originally 14 handwritten copies, today there are 12 left.
How to celebrate
Learn more about American history on Bill of Rights Day. Consult historians, watch documentaries or study literature. Tell about the holiday to others and involve them in an exciting journey into the past!
When is Bill of Rights Day celebrated in 2022?
Bill of Rights Day is observed on December 15 each year.