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Drafting the Bill of Rights - 1

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Madison’s Notes for His Speech...
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Madison’s Notes for His Speech Introducing the Bill of Rights, June 8, 1789

James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights in the House of Representatives and provided many of the intellectual arguments for strengthening and amending the Constitution so that it protected basic liberties.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress