Today is Bill of Rights Day, established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in honor of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution on December 15, 1791.
A cornerstone of our democracy, the Bill of Rights enshrines into law the essential rights and civil liberties of each American citizen. For over 200 years, these rights and liberties have helped shape our democracy and define what it means to be an American.
Nearly every day, we enjoy the freedoms bestowed by the Bill of Rights:
The U.S. Constitution was a remarkable achievement in creating our democratic nation. The Bill of Rights built onto that foundation by enumerating what have become our most cherished American freedoms, helping inspire democracies around the world. This December 15th, get re-acquainted with the Bill of Rights and think about how it plays a role in your life!