The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, passed by Congress in 1789, became the bedrock of individual rights and liberties.
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The United States Constitution was formed out of debate, compromise, and creative strategies. The outcome was a federal republic with a strong central government with state governments holding most of the power.
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