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Why was the Bill of Rights added to the Consitution?

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03/21/2012

The Constitution itself didn't really cover individual rights in the same way that the states' Constitutions did. This made many of the states weary about ratifying the Constitution, Virginia especially. James Madison, a Virginian, spoke on behalf of his state when he said that they would ratify the Constitution only if he could add a Bill of Rights to it.