The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

United States Congress

The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution. Created in part to ease the fears of Anti-Federalists who opposed the ratification of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights expanded on some of the freedoms not included in the Constitution and made clear the limits of federal power in judicial and other proceedings (reserving certain powers to state and public decision).

Initially only instituted at the federal level, the Bill of Rights was eventually adopted on the state level across the US.