Amendments

Amendments

  • Amendment 1

    Amendment 1
    Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition- the amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble
  • Amendment 2

    Amendment 2
    Right to Bear Arms - protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms
  • Amendment 3

    Amendment 3
    No Quartering of Troops - prohibits, in peacetime, the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner's consent. It makes quartering legally permissible in wartime only, and then only according to law.
  • Amendment 4

    Amendment 4
    Searches and Seizures - guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. The amendment specifically also requires search and arrest warrants be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance
  • Amendment 5

    Amendment 5
    Rights of the Accused Persons - protects against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure
  • Amendment 6

    Amendment 6
    Rifht to a Speedy, Fair Trial - sets forth rights related to criminal prosecutions. The Supreme Court has applied the protections of this amendment to the states
  • Amendment 7

    Amendment 7
    Civil Suits - codifies the right to a jury trial in certain civil trials
  • Amendment 8

    Amendment 8
    Bail and Punishment - which prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments
  • Amendment 9

    Amendment 9
    Powers Reserved to the people - addresses rights of the people that are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution
  • Amendment 10

    Amendment 10
    Powers Reserved to the States - The Tenth Amendment restates the Constitution's principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people.
  • Amendment 11

    Amendment 11
    Suits against States - deals with each state's sovereign immunity from being sued in federal court by someone of another state or country
  • Amendment 12

    Amendment 12
    Election of President and Vice President - provides the procedure by which the President and Vice President are elected together
  • Amendment 13

    Amendment 13
    Abolition of Slavery - officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery
  • Amendment 14

    Amendment 14
    Rights of Citizens - All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside
  • Amendment 15

    Amendment 15
    Right to Vote - prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude
  • Amendment 16

    Amendment 16
    Income Tax - This amendment exempted income taxes from the constitutional requirements
  • Amendment 17

    Amendment 17
    Direct Election of Senators - established direct election of United States Senators by popular vote
  • Amendment 18

    Amendment 18
    Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverages - banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol
  • Amendment 19

    Amendment 19
    Womens Suffrage - 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 sex.
  • Amendment 20

    Amendment 20
    Lame-Duck Amendment - establishes the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal offices
  • Amendment 21

    Amendment 21
    Repeal of Prohibition Amendment - repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which mandated nationwide Prohibition
  • Amendment 22

    Amendment 22
    Limit on Presidential Terms - sets a term limit for the President of the United States
  • Amendment 23

    Amendment 23
    Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia - permits citizens in the District of Columbia to vote for Electors for President and Vice President
  • Amendment 24

    Amendment 24
    Ablition of the Poll Tax - shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax
  • Amendment 25

    Amendment 25
    Presidential Disability and Succission - establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities
  • Amendment 26

    Amendment 26
    Eighteen-Year-Old Vote - imited the minimum voting age to no more than 18
  • Amendment 27

    Amendment 27
    Restraint on Congressional Salaries - prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of the Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives