In an influential passage of legislation to the U.S. Constitution, on September 25, 1789, Congress approved the addition of 12 amendments to the Constitution, including the famed Bill of Rights, Congressional Apportionment Amendment, and the Congressional Compensation Amendment. The Bill of Rights was later ratified in 1791, with the other two being proposed by James Madison, but never formally approved. The purpose of these amendments was the limit the power of the Federal government, and giving more basic freedomsa and rights to American citizens. Though somewhat modeled after the English Bill of Rights, these amendments were unique in their simplicity and power.
Today In History- September 25
The U.S. Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution.
12 Amendments added to U.S. Constitution.
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