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First Ten Amendments are "the bill of rights"

1st Amendment

Freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition

2nd Amendment

Right to bear arms

3rd amendment

Citizens do not have to house soldiers.

4th amendment

No unreasonable search or arrest.

5th amendment

Habeas Corpus, due process. No double jeopardy or no witness against yourself.

6th amendment

Rights of accused in criminal cases.

7th amendment

Trial by jury in federal court.

8th amendment

No excessive bail or cruel punishment.

9th amendment

People get rights not listed in Constitution

10th amendment

Any rights not given to the federal government are given to the states and people.

11th amendment

Individual can not sue a state in federal court. Clearly defines original jurisdiction of Supreme Court.

12th amendment

Electoral College for selecting president/vice president. Separate ballots for President and Vice resident.

13th amendment

Abolish slavery

14th amendment

If you were born a naturalized in the U.S. then you are a citizen of the United States.

15th amendment

You cannot prevent a person from voting because of race, color or creed.

16th amendment

Established Federal Income Tax system.

17th amendment

Established popular vote for senators

18th amendment


19th amendment

Women get the right to vote.

20th amendment

President takes office on January 20th instead of March 4th.

21st amendment

Repeal prohibition

22nd amendment

President can only serve 2 terms.

23rd amendment

Washington DC residents can vote for president.

24th amendment

Anti-poll tax. Ended poll taxes.

25th amendment

How president turns duties over to the vice president due to illness.

26th amendment

All citizens 18 years of age, and over get to vote.

27th amendment

Legislators cannot give themselves pay raises in an election year. Congress cannot accept a pay raise until the next term.

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