The Story of The Bill of Rights
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The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison in 1789, in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection of individual liberties. These amendments to the Constitution were written shortly after that document was ratified and listed a series of prohibitions on governmental power. Historian Gary Midkiff presents the story of why these specific rights were spelled out and not others, the compromises that were made in their creation to satisfy both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, and the spirited public discourse citizens have had since then.