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There are 27 amendments to the Constitution. Why do only the first 10 come under the umbrella of "The Bill of Rights?"?

Asked by Dutchess_III (43577points) March 5th, 2013

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CWOTUS's avatar

Many of the original Founders were concerned (rightly so, apparently!) that a strong centralized government would be automatically “too-strong” from the get-go and would only get stronger. For that reason, in the debates that led to ratification of the Constitution, various measures were promoted which would outline explicitly the various rights to be maintained by the citizens and the states.

The people promoting these ideas were generally known as “anti-Federalists”. They wanted a much weaker government to coordinate the states, and insisted on the Bill of Rights as a precondition for their support of the Constitution as it was written.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Very nice, @CWOTUS. Thank you.
OK…do you (or anyone else) think that later amendments should have been added to the Bill of Rights? Or…should I ask another question?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Personally I’d ask another Q, because it is the later seventeen you are focusing on now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK…asking now….

zenvelo's avatar

There were actually 12 amendments in the Bill of Rights. Ten were ratified right away, the eleventh was ratified as the 27th Amendment in 1992. The twelfth is still ending before the states.

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@Dutchess_III I have only moved three lurve points since you moved in. Well over 25 GAs since Saturday, but not a single lurve from any of them….

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