27 terms

All 27 Amendments to the Constitution

First Amendment
5 freedoms: speech, press, religion, assembly, petition
Second Amendment
Right to bear arms (to protect the people against a government that becomes too powerful)
Third Amendment
No quartering of soldiers
Fourth Amendment
No unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant; right to privacy
Fifth Amendment
Due process, eminent domain, no double jeopardy, right to remain silent (you can't be forced to testify against yourself) and the right to be tried by a grand jury for a capital offense
Sixth Amendment
Right to a speedy trial
Seventh Amendment
Right to a trial by a jury of your peers; no lawsuits under $20
Eighth Amendment
No cruel and unusual punishment
Ninth Amendment
Any rights not explicitly listed are automatically given to the people. (Meant to appease the Anti-Federalists)
Tenth Amendment
Any powers not explicitly listed are automatically given to the states.
Eleventh Amendment
When states sue other states, it automatically goes before the Supreme Court. Residents of one state cannot sue another state. Another country can't sue the US and vice verse.
Twelfth Amendment
Creates a ticket for the presidency where the president and VP are elected together.
Thirteenth Amendment
Abolishes slavery and gives congress the power to enforce abolition through legislation.
Fourteenth Amendment
Defines citizens as people born in the US and prohibits the states from denying due process and equal protection under the law. Also states that the value of the debt must always be paid and honored, and cannot be questioned. Also excludes women from voting.
Fifteenth Amendment
Voting rights will not be based on race.
Sixteenth Amendment
Establishes an income tax
Seventeenth Amendment
Direct election of senators
Eighteenth Amendment
Nineteenth Amendment
Women's suffrage
Twentieth Amendment
Shortens the lame duck period by moving the presidential inauguration from March to January.
Twenty-First Amendment
Ends prohibition by repealing the 18th amendment
Twenty-Second Amendment
Limits the president to two terms in office
Twenty-Third Amendment
Washington DC is not a state, but gets 3 electoral votes.
Twenty-Fourth Amendment
Outlaws poll taxes
Twenty-Fifth Amendment
Outlines the direct line of succession for the presidency
Twenty-Sixth Amendment
Lowers the voting age to 18
Twenty-Seventh Amendment
Congress can't give itself a pay raise.