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

The Making of the Bill of Rights

Madison’s Proposed Amendments

Recommendations from the States

When constructing his proposal, Madison primarily drew upon the amendments recommended by the state ratifying conventions. Six states had formally submitted suggestions for amending the Constitution. The suggestions from the conventions of New York and Virginia each went on for pages, and they included both minute and substantial alterations to the structure of the Constitution. Madison sifted through these proposals and selected what he believed were the most important and least objectionable amendments.