Bill of Rights Constitutional Amendments 11-27 Parchment Paper Wood Frame Glass Pane
Bill of Rights Parchment Paper Wood Frame Glass Pane
Constitutional Amendments 11-27 Page 1 Parchment Paper Wood Frame Glass Pane
Constitutional Amendments 11-27 Page 2 Parchment Paper Wood Frame Glass Pane
Constitutional Amendments 11-27 Page 3 Parchment Paper Wood Frame Glass Pane
Bill of Rights & Constitutional Amendments 11-27

Bill of Rights & Constitutional Amendments 11-27

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This customized four-frame set contains all 27 current amendments to the United States Constitution.  It is designed to hang on the wall and comes with –

  • parchment paper (high-end)
  • wood frames (legal size)
  • glass panes

The Bill of Rights has been stylized to reflect the look of the original while containing the same words, punctuation, capitalization, spelling (and occasional misspellings), etc.  It's just been carefully reformatted into a modern font (versus old-style calligraphy) to make it easier to read.  The signatures at the bottom of the original 1789 document appear as italicized names.

The other three frames contain the complete language of all 17 constitutional amendments that followed the Bill of Rights, compiled from 17 different documents written over the course of nearly 200 years.  The words, punctuation, capitalization, etc., are exactly the same, and the formatting reflects the style conventions used in each of the amendment documents.

Of note, the original Bill of Rights document never actually contained the words "Bill of Rights."  It simply outlined 12 "proposed" amendments to the Constitution as "Article the first.....", "Article the second.....", "Article the third.....", etc., for the states to consider ratifying.  But the first (revising the math on the number of members in the House of Representatives) was never ratified and the second not till 1992 when it became the 27th Amendment.  So "Article the third....." was relabeled "Amendment I", "Article the fourth....." "Amendment II" and so on to precisely correspond to the first ten constitutional amendments representing our present-day Bill of Rights.  This was the only modification to the text of the document.

Bill of Rights

In the Constitutional Convention's push to strengthen the federal government to preserve the union, some felt the pendulum swung too far by not explicitly safeguarding individual and state rights.  Acutely mindful of the recent struggle to "throw off" tyrannical government, many states would not ratify the Constitution without the assurance of a Bill of Rights.  In response, James Madison set out to correct this oversight by drafting one which included provisions for the freedom of religion and speech, the right to bear arms, the right to due process and a speedy trial before an impartial jury and so forth.  Approved by the very first United States Congress and submitted to the states as promised, ten constitutional amendments became ratified in 1791 commonly known today as the Bill of Rights.

Constitutional Amendments 11-27

The Founding Fathers had prudently written Article V into the Constitution so it could be amended as necessary, as clearly evidenced by the Bill of Rights.  Accordingly, amendments didn't stop after those first ten.  But the bar for amending the Constitution was purposely set high so it wouldn't be changed whimsically but only after careful deliberation on matters considered truly important.  Once ratified, amendments literally become part of our Constitution (often, like the 17th Amendment, replacing language in the document).

Over the years, additional constitutional amendments have included the abolition of slavery, the right to vote regardless of race, the establishment of a federal income tax, Prohibition (and later the repeal of Prohibition), women's suffrage, presidential term limits, representation in the Electoral College for the District of Columbia, and the procedure for removing a president when unable to perform the duties of his office, sometimes called simply the 25th Amendment.