27 amendments

  • First Amendment

    First Amendment
    an amendment to the US Constitution that prohibits any law limiting freedom with respect to religion, expression, peaceful assembly, or the right of citizens to petition the government.
  • Second Amendment

    Second Amendment
    an amendment that states the right of the people to keep and bear arms
  • Third Amendment

    Third Amendment
    an amendment that prohibits soldiers from temporarily residing in private homes during peace time without getting the permission and consent of the owner.
  • Fourth Amendment

    Fourth Amendment
    an amendment to the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause
  • Fifth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment
    an amendment that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes. (you don't have to speak)
  • Sixth Amendment

    Sixth Amendment
    an amendment that guarantees a citizen a speedy trial, a fair jury, an attorney if the accused person wants one, and the chance to confront the witnesses who is accusing the defendant of a crime.
  • Seventh Amendment

    Seventh Amendment
    an amendment where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
  • Eighth Amendment

    Eighth Amendment
    an amendment that states excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted
  • Ninth Amendment

    Ninth Amendment
    an amendment where there are other rights that may exist aside from the ones explicitly mentioned, and even though they are not listed, it does not mean they can be violated.
  • Tenth Amendment

    Tenth Amendment
    an amendment where any power that is not given to the federal government is given to the people or the states.
  • Eleventh Amendment

    Eleventh Amendment
    an amendment where the Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
  • Twelfth Amendment

    Twelfth Amendment
    an amendment that is providing for election of the president and vice president by the electoral college: should there be no majority vote for one person, the House of Representatives (one vote per state) chooses the president and the Senate the vice president.
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Thirteenth Amendment
    an amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    an amendment that granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States including former slaves and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”
  • Fifteenth Amendment

    Fifteenth Amendment
    an amendment that granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
  • Sixteenth Amendment

    Sixteenth Amendment
    an amendment that allows the federal government to collect an income tax from all Americans. Other taxes, such as taxes on houses or other property are considered “direct” taxes by the Constitution and would have to be divided back among the states
  • Seventeenth Amendment

    Seventeenth Amendment
    an amendment that gives voters the power to directly elect their senators.
  • Eighteenth Amendment

    Eighteenth Amendment
    an amendment which prohibited the manufacturing, transportation and sale of alcohol within the United States
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    Nineteenth Amendment
    an amendment that gave women the right to vote
  • Twentieth Amendment

    Twentieth Amendment
    an amendment that sets the dates at which federal government elected offices end. In also defines who succeeds the president if the president dies.
  • Twenty-First Amendment

    Twenty-First Amendment
    an amendment that states the transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
  • Twenty-Second Amendment

    Twenty-Second Amendment
    an amendment that limits the president to only two 4 year terms in office.
  • Twenty-Third Amendment

    Twenty-Third Amendment
    an amendment that gives residents of Washington DC the right to vote for representatives in the Electoral College.
  • Twenty-Fourth Amendment

    Twenty-Fourth Amendment
    an amendment that is prohibiting any poll tax in elections for federal officials.
  • Twenty-Fifth Amendment

    Twenty-Fifth Amendment
    an amendment that provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.
  • Twenty-Sixth Amendment

    Twenty-Sixth Amendment
    an amendment that gavethe right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
  • Twenty-Seventh Amendment

    Twenty-Seventh Amendment
    an amendment that deals with pay raises or decreases for members of Congress. Changes to Congressional pay must take effect after the next term of office for the representatives.