The Bill of Rights

When our nation’s Founders created the United States Constitution in 1787, not everyone was happy with it. Some states agreed to approve it only if a list of individual rights was added. Fortunately, the Framers of the Constitution had created a process for amending, or changing, the document if needed. In 1791, the first 10 amendments—known as the Bill of Rights—were added. They outline the basic rights and freedoms of Americans. Here’s a breakdown of each one.