Bill of Rights - Amendments

"The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, strongly influenced Madison. One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitution's lack of a bill of rights that would…

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First Amendment
Protect Freedom of Religion, Speech, Petition, Press, and Assembly,
Second Amendment
You have the right to own guns
Third Amendment
The government cannot force people to keep troops in their private homes
Fourth Amendment
Protection against Unreasonable Search and Seizure
Fifth Amendment
The Right to Remain Silent/Double Jeopardy, right to due process
Sixth Amendment
The right to a Speedy Trial by jury, representation by an attorney for an accused person
Seventh Amendment
The right to a trial by Jury in civil cases over $20.00
Eighth Amendment
Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail/and cruel unusual punishment
Ninth Amendment
Rights not included in Constitution go to the people
Tenth Amendment
Powers not given to federal government go to people and States