Passing Our Bill of Rights, A Timeline

Appendix: Passing Our Bill of Rights, a Timeline

In the beginning of this project, I assumed (often a mistake) that our Bill of Rights came together neatly as a package. As the following three sets of the proposed Amendments show, that wasn’t the case.

It was interesting to learn that there were (at least) three sets of proposed Amendments, from the 17 originally proposed that were whittled down to the 10 that became our Bill of Rights. The following chart covers:

  1. The Article and Amendment Numbers
  2. 17 Proposed Amendments Passed by the House of Representatives on Aug. 24, 1789 [loc.gov, “Congress of the United States. In the House of representatives. Monday, 24th August, 1789. Resolved, by the Senate and House of representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, two thirds of both houses deeming it necessary”]
  3. 12 Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution – Passed by Congress and Sent to States on Sept. 25, 1789 [archives.gov, “Transcription of the 1789 Joint Resolution of Congress Proposing 12 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution”]
  4. The 10 Amendments – Ratified Dec. 15, 1791