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Constitutional Amend

Amendments

TermDefinition
Eleventh Places limits on suits against states
Twelfth Revises procedure for electing the president and vice president
Fourteenth Defines United States citizenship; guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws."
Fifteenth Prohibits restrictions on the right to vote based on race and color.
Sixteenth Gives Congress the power to levy an income tax
Seventeenth Enables voters to elect senators directly
Eighteenth Prohibits making, drinking, or selling alcoholic beverages (Prohibition)
Nineteenth Gives women the right to vote
Twentieth Changes the dates of congressional and presidential terms
Twenty-First Repeals Prohibition (18th Amendment)
Twenty-Second Limits presidents to two terms in office
Twenty-Third Gives residents of the District of Columbia (DC) the right to vote
Twenty-Fourth Abolishes poll taxes
Twenty-Fifth Establishes procedures for succession to the presidency
Twenty-Sixth Sets voting age at 18 years
Twenty-Seventh Delays congressional pay raises until the term following their passage
Thirteenth Abolishes slavery
Fifth No trial may be held unless a person is formally charged, or indicted, by the grand jury. A person found not guilty may not be put on trial again for the same crime. Accused persons may not be forced to testify against themselves.
Sixth The accused must be informed of the nature of the charges; must be allowed a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. If possible, the trial must be held in the area where the crime took place; must be permitted to hear and question all witnesses.
First Freedom of assembly, speech, press, petition the government, and religion.
Fourth Protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. If law enforcement officers believe you have committed a crime, they can ask a judge to issue a search warrant.
Eighth Forbids excessive bail, that is, an amount that is much too high. Excessive does not just refer to what a person can afford to pay.
Third makes it unlikely that Americans will ever be forced to shelter the military again. In peacetime soldiers may not move into private homes without the consent of the homeowner.
Seventh Provides for the right to jury trial in federal courts to settle all disputes about property worth more than $20.
Tenth states that any powers the Constitution does not specifically give to the national government are reserved for the states and for the people.
Ninth This amendment prevents the government from claiming that the only rights people have are those listed in the Bill of Rights.
Created by: kindredmcdaniel