How many amendments are in the Bill of Rights?
There are 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights.
In the United States, the Bill of Rights is the name by
which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution
are known. They were introduced by James Madison to the First
United States Congress in 1789 as a series of constitutional
amendments, and came into effect on December 15, 1791, when they
had been ratified by three-fourths of the States.
Two additional articles were proposed to the States; only the
final ten articles were ratified quickly and correspond to the
First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The first
Article, dealing with the number and apportionment of U.S.
Representatives, never became part of the Constitution. The second
Article, limiting the ability of Congress to increase the salaries
of its members, was ratified two centuries later as the 27th
Amendment. Though they are incorporated into the document known as
the "Bill of Rights", neither article establishes a right as that
term is used today. For that reason, and also because the term had
been applied to the first ten amendments long before the 27th
Amendment was ratified, the term "Bill of Rights" in modern U.S.
usage means only the ten amendments ratified in 1791.
Right after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, twelve amendments
were proposed that address deficiencies that were expressed during
the ratification process, but only eleven have been ratified to
date. The 3rd through 12th of the proposed amendments were ratified
in the early 1790s and are known as the Bill of Rights. The second
of the proposed amendments was ratified 200 years later, and the
first has not yet been ratified.