Williams, Jean Kinney
January 2003
U.S. Constitution;2003, p39
The article focuses on the U.S. Constitutional amendments. When the new Congress met for the first time in 1790, James Madison, author of much of the Constitution, introduced a list of rights to be added to it. Changes, or amendments, to the Constitution must be approved by the states, so Congress sent the twelve amendments to each state for ratification. The Bill of Rights is much more specific about the civil rights of U.S. citizens than the Constitution is. Over the years, other amendments have been added to abolish slavery, to give all men the right to vote, and to give all women the right to vote.


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