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Bill of Rights

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 15, 2020

On this date in 1791, the new United States of America ratified the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution confirming the rights of its citizens. 
In this photo we see two youngsters looking at the original Bill of Rights on the "Freedom Train" during its May 4, 1948 visit to Minneapolis. This photo was taken by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.