Documents: Anyone Find a Bill of Rights?

Anyone Find a Bill of Rights?

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, a.k.a. the Bill of Rights, are the nation's most basic guarantees of individual liberty. Over the past two centuries, however, five of the original 13 states have managed to lose the handwritten copies of the Bill of Rights sent to each of them for ratification.

What ever happened to the precious parchments? Georgia simply can't find its copy. North Carolina thinks a Yankee yegg grabbed its historic document during the Civil War when General William Tecumseh Sherman tramped through Raleigh. And some New Yorkers speculate that Governor George Clinton walked off with the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!