The First Freedoms
The Privacy Amendments
The 5th Amendment
The 6th Amendment
Civil Trials
The Interpretive Rules

A Brief History of Rights Prior to the United States Bill of Rights

Virginia’s Constitution as Inspiration

Influencing America’s founding documents

After combining what we think of as a bill of rights and many of the ideas in the Declaration of Independence, within its Declaration of Rights, Virginia’s Constitution begins by launching into an indictment of King George III, again reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence. Finally, Virginia’s Constitution describes a government of separated and balanced powers. It would not be an overstatement to say that Virginia’s twin charters of freedom, both adopted in June of 1776, were highly influential to the formation of America’s more famous founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.