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The first ten amendments

First Amendment

Contains five basic freedoms essential to the American way of life. Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.

Second Amendment

The right to bear arms

Third Amendment

Written because colonist were forced to house British soldiers in their homes. In other words, No forced quartering of troops during peace time.

Fourth Amendment

No unreasonable searches or seizures.

Fifth Amendment

Requires indictment, a grand jury; and due process of law for an accused person; protects from self incrimination and double jeopardy; guarantees the right to own property.

Sixth Amendment

An accused person has a right to a prompt, public trial, to be informed of charges, and to have a lawyer.

Seventh Amendment

The right to a jury trial for a case concerning a defective product is guaranteed.

Eight Amendment

Requires reasonable bail and forbids "cruel and unusual" punishments.

Ninth Amendment

The people have many other rights not listed in the Constitution.

Tenth Amendment

Any powers not given to the national govenment by the constitution are reserved for the states or for the people.

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