Dec 152016
 

Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution in 1791. The first ten amendments became a part of the Constitution when Virginia ratified amendmentthem. Presidential Proclamations have marked this day since 1962. Children could view an excellent infographic from Kids Discover: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/infographics/bill-of-rights-for-kids/

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Jun 082017
 
James Madison, Bill of Rights, Constitution

James Madison

James Madison suggested the Bill of Rights in 1789. He realized that many people felt the new Constitution was not strong enough without some statements about individual rights. The Bill of Rights added the first ten amendments to the Constitution and became effective December 15, 1791. Children could read a kid-friendly version of the rights: http://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/CK130001_CivicsKids-2013-PAGES-FNL-Lesson3.pdf

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Jun 192017
 
Charters of Freedom Hall, National Archives, Washington

Charters of Freedom Hall, National Archives, Washington

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was created in 1934. It centralizes federal documents and makes them available to the public. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, houses originals of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. One of the four copies of the Magna Carta is also there.  Children can visit the National Archives website at: http://www.nara.gov.

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