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Bill of Rights
Date Issued: 1989-09-25
Postage Value: 25 cents

Commemorative issue
Constitution bicentennial
Bill of Rights

Made up of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights is so named because they provide basic legal protection for individual rights. Enforcement of the Bill of Rights is provided through the judicial system. Therefore, statutes or other governmental acts that conflict with the Bill of Rights may be ruled as void (unconstitutional). The six state conventions which ratified the U.S. Constitution submitted proposed amendments protecting individual rights. These recommendations essentially covered all the rights later protected by the Bill of Rights. The action of the state conventions made the movement for a federal Bill of Rights irresistible and final ratification of the U.S. Constitution probably would not have occurred if the Federalists had not agreed to the amendments and promised to secure their adoption.

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