- from Constitution
Some states insisted that a bill of rights be added to the Constitution. They proposed more than 200 amendments.
James Madison weeded out duplicates. Then he wrote up the most important ideas in 17 proposals. Congress sent 12 of these to the states. In the end, ten were approved. In 1791, they became the first ten amendments to the Constitution. They are called the Bill of Rights. They outline some basic rights of citizens.