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Congress Creates the Bill of Rights

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Explore the proposals, debates, and revisions that shaped the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Why did the U.S. need a Bill of Rights? How did Congress produce the Bill of Rights? What would it be like to participate in the process? Dive into these questions and more with this app from the U.S. National Archives.


• Take a close look at the featured document "Senate Revisions to the House Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution" with pinch to zoom

• Survey the challenges to the new nation that made the Constitution and Bill of Rights necessary in a historical slide show

• Get to know the leaders of the debate and explore issues that divided the Federalists and Anti-Federalists

• Study the evolving language of each proposed amendment as it was shaped in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate

• Participate and reflect in sections designed for individual or collaborative classroom exploration

The Congress Creates the Bill of Rights project includes an eBook and accompanying educational materials available through