On this date in 1791, the American Bill of Rights was ratified, and exactly 73 years ago President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared today Bill of Rights Day.
While the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, it wasn’t until several years later that the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights were incorporated into the governing document.
The Bill of Rights was created to protect the individual freedoms of Americans. Many of the people who worked to found the United States, including James Madison, worried that the national and state governments would be too powerful, and limit the rights of citizens. The Bill of Rights was the first step towards protecting those rights from being interfered with.
The freedoms in the Bill of Rights include the freedoms of speech, assembly, and the press. These freedoms of expression allow citizens to voice their opinions about the issues of the day, as has been seen in the past during movements such as abolitionism and the suffrage movement. The Bill of Rights makes it possible for the people’s voices to be heard, and when that happens, more amendments may be made to the Constitution.
A day to celebrate our right to speak our minds, be free, and change our government? Beyond cool!