Photo of the day

The Bill of Rights. Photograph shows reproduction of original Bill of Rights, [between ca. 1920 and ca. 1930]. Prints & Photographs Division

December 15:

On this day in history?in 1791 the new United States of America ratified the?Bill of Rights, which confirmed the fundamental rights of its citizens.

The First Amendment guarantees,freedom of religion, speech, and the press, and the rights of peaceful assembly and petition.

Other amendments guarantee the rights of the people to form a ?well-regulated militia,? to keep and bear arms, the rights to private property, fair treatment for accused criminals, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom from self-incrimination, a speedy and impartial jury trial, and representation by counsel.[…]