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Constitutional Amendments

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- 8th Grade American History
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1st Amendment
5 Basic Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition
2nd Amendment
Right to bear arms.
3rd Amendment
Protects home privacy; Forbids the forced quartering of soldiers during peacetime.
4th Amendment
Forbids searches and seizures of private property without a search warrant
5th Amendment
(1) No Self-Incrimination (right to remain silent)
(2) No Double Jeopardy
(3) No deprivation of life liberty or property without "due process of law" (fair treatment)
6th Amendment
(1) You have the right to a fair and speedy trial.
(2) The right to counsel in criminal trials. You get a free lawyer ("public defender") if you cannot afford one.
(3) Right to a jury in criminal trials
7th Amendment
Right to jury in civil trials
(in lawsuits of $20 or more)
8th Amendment
The government cannot inflict cruel and unusual punishment. No excessive bail.
9th Amendment
rights retained by the people, that some rights were not listed but should still be protected
10th Amendment
federal government has only those powers specifically granted by the Constitution. Other rights are reserved for the states.
13th Amendment
Abolished slavery.
14th Amendment
Declares that all persons born in the U.S. are citizens and are guaranteed equal protection of the laws
15th Amendment
States cannot deny any person the right to vote because of race.
19th Amendment
Women have the right to vote
26th Amendment
Lowered the voting age to 18+ (used to be 21)

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