Constitution

History of our history: an American story

  • Birth of the Constitution

    Thomas Jefferson begins to write the Constitution
  • Ratification

    Constitution is fully ratified amonst the thirteen colonies with Rhode Island the last to have signed.
  • First Amendment

    First Amendment
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or porhibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
  • Second Amendment

    Second Amendment
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • Third Amendment

    Third Amendment
    No soldier shall, in time of peace be quatered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law,
  • Fourth Amendment

    Fourth Amendment
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, againsy unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violates, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and th epersons or things to be seized.
  • Fifth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment
    to see full amendment click here No persons shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
  • Sixth Amendment

    Sixth Amendment
    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witness against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witness in his favor, and to have the Assisstance of Counsel for his defense.
  • Seventh Amendement

    Seventh Amendement
    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial 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 common law.
  • Eighth Amendment

    Eighth Amendment
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel, and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • Ninth Amendment

    Ninth Amendment
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparge others retained by the people.
  • Tenth Amendment

    Tenth Amendment
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States repectively, or to the people.
  • Eleventh Amendment

    Eleventh Amendment
    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 Foriegn State.
  • Twelfth Amendment

    Twelfth Amendment
    to see the rest click here The electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves,; they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, adn of all persons voted for as Vice President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Thirteenth Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    to see more click here 1. 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the priviliedges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any persons life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    2. Representatives shall be
  • Fifteenth Amendment

    Fifteenth Amendment
    1, 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 .
    2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • Sixteenth Amendment

    Sixteenth Amendment
    The Congress shall have power to lay and collect income taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
  • Seventeenth Amendment

    Seventeenth Amendment
    to see more click here The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most common branch of the State legislatures. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of an
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    Nineteenth Amendment
    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. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • Eighteenth Amendment

    Eighteenth Amendment
    click here for more 1. After one year from the ratification of this articel the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverages purposes is hereby prohibited.
    2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
    3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified a
  • Twentieth Amendment

    Twentieth Amendment
    click here for more1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3rd day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not beed ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
    2. The Congress shall assemble at least once every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3rd day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
    3. If, at
  • Twenty-first Amendment

    Twenty-first Amendment
    click here to see more1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
    2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territroy, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
    3. The article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven
  • Twenty-second Amendment

    Twenty-second Amendment
    click here to see more1. No person shall be elected to the office of the Prseident more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President, when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of Presid
  • Twenty-third Amendment

    Twenty-third Amendment
    click here for more1. The district constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and VIce President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populus State; they shall be in addition to those appointed bu the States, but they shall be considered, for the purpose of the election of President a
  • Twenty-fourth Amendment

    Twenty-fourth Amendment
    1, The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice-President, for electors for President or Vice-President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, 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.
    2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
  • Twenty-fifth Amendment

    Twenty-fifth Amendment
    click here to see more1. In case of removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice-President shall become President.
    2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice-President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
    3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives has written declarations that he is unable to
  • Twenty-sixth Amendment

    Twenty-sixth Amendment
  • Twenty-seventh Amendment

    Twenty-seventh Amendment
    No law, varying the comprehension for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.