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U.S. Constitutional Amendments

27 amendments added to the Constitution of the United States
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U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS 27 amendments added to the United States Constitution In this presentation, you will learn about the 27 amendments that were ever added to the Constitution. you will also learn about which I think could be repealed or discarded, why, and how it will affect life as we know it. Let's begin! 1 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This amendment protects the rights of free speech (the freedom to express one’s opinions and beliefs), press (the freedom to collect and print information, including information that criticizes the government), assembly (the freedom to hold public meetings in peace), religion (the freedom to worship as you please), and petition (the freedom to make opinions known to officials). 2 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. This amendment protects the right of people to hold and own weaponry, if holding a license to do so. 3 No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. This amendment states that the government cannot assign soldiers to live in private homes and facilities during peacetime without the permission of the resident or owner. Works Cited
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4 The right of 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, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. This amendment protects people from being searched without any valid reason or warrant signed by a judge. 5 No person 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 offence 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 process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. This amendment protects accused persons’ rights. The person must be formally accused before the grand jury. The person shall be protected from self-incrimination or to say things in court that may make the person seem guilty. It also protects the person from being tried more than once for the same crime. The person’s unalienable rights, including property, cannot be taken away without due process of law. Every American has the right to own private property. 6 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 witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. This amendment states that the person accused of a crime is allowed to have a trail by a jury of the place the crime was committed. In this trial, they must be notified of the crimes they are charged with. They have the right to call witnesses to defend him. They are assured the right to a lawyer. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 In Suits at common law, 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. This amendment specifically deals with civil cases. It states that a trial by jury is allowed for certain cases involving money or property. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. This amendment states bail cannot be set too high and “cruel and unusual” punishments are prohibited.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. This amendment basically reassures residents of the nation that other basic rights beside the ones listed in the Constitution can still be enjoyed. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. This amendment states that powers not given to the U.S. by the Constitution or outlawed by the Constitution are reserved to the States or to the people. 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. 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 name in their ballots the person 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, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;--The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;--The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.--The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This amendment is very important in the nation’s history. It is the official amendment that abolished slavery everywhere in the United States. It freed all of the slaves, including slaves in the South, which was where the majority of the slave population was located. Section. 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 privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section. 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section. 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section. 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section. 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section. 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.
Section. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This amendment is a significant step in the voting rights of American citizens. It allowed men to vote, regardless of race or ethnicity. This was a monumental step for African Americans. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. This amendment allowed Congress to collect tax on revenue or income. Clause 1. 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 numerous branch of the State legislatures.
Clause 2. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
Clause 3. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.



Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article 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 beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
This amendment has to do with Prohibition, the time when the making, selling, and transporting of alcohol was illegal or prohibited. This “alcohol-free” amendment stayed active for only several years before it was repealed by the 21st amendment. This is the only amendment that has ever been repealed. Section 1. The right of the 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.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This amendment, like the 15th amendment, concerns the voting rights of American citizens. It states that the right to vote will not be determined due to a difference in gender.

Section 1. 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 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Section 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Section 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
Section 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.
This amendment has to do with the executive and legislative branch of the Federal (national) government, or the President and Congress. It describes the terms and election process of a president and the organized list of who will step in their place if something were to happen to them. The President and Vice President’s term of office will end on January 20th and the Senate and Congress’s term will end on January 3rd, then the next-in-line will step in. Congress must meet once every year on the 3rd of January unless told otherwise. If something were to happen to the President-elect during their term of office, the Vice President will step in and take their place. Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. 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.
Section 3. This 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 years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress. Effect of Repeal
This amendment is monumental in the Constitution. It is an official amendment that repeals or discards the 18th amendment, which described Prohibition. This is the only amendment that was ever repealing to another. Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President 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 Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This Article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
This amendment describes the terms of the President. It states that a person that has ever become the President of the United States cannot be elected more than twice. Section 1. 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 populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 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.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. This amendment talks about the prohibition of paying poll taxes when voting. Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Section 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.
Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
This amendment, along with a couple of others, is related to the President’s term of office. It describes that when the President is unable to act on his/her responsibilities in his/her position, the Vice President can take his/her place. When the Vice President’s position is vacant, the President may nominate a person to fill this position. Section 1. The 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.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. This amendment concerns the voting age of American citizens. It states that citizens who are eighteen years of age and up are allowed to vote in the United States. No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened. This amendment has to do with the pay limitation that Congress is receiving for its services towards the United States.

This amendment has to do with the sovereign immunity of states. This amendment was very important in the case of Chisholm v. Georgia. In this case, Georgia allowed the purchase of supplies from a businessman in South Carolina. When these supplies were purchased, Georgia did not pay for them. Upon the man's death, the executor of his estate attempted to get the money owed from Georgia by going to court. Georgia claimed its sovereign immunity which means they are not subject to the federal courts. I think that this amendment could be repealed or discarded because all it does is lets people in the U.S. know that the basic rights not mentioned in the Constitution are still guaranteed to them. I feel that those basic rights being guaranteed would be implied and that people should know that those rights are theirs. But with taking the amendment away, there will be a consequence. Without this conformation, people may not know if a certain basic right is guaranteed to them. This amendment deals with voting process for the President and Vice President. This amendment is mainly focusing on the citizens of the States. It basically describes what a citizen is. It protects citizens against unjust measures by state governments. This amendment allowed the residents of the District of Columbia to vote for President and Vice President. This amendment describes what the Senate consists of, which is two Senators from each state which are elected by the people. They must meet certain qualifications in order to be elected. www.oyez.org/cases
(Chisholm v. Georgia) http://www.lowvarates.com/va-loan-blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/image1.png http://www.anunews.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/nraLogo.jpg I think that this amendment could be repealed or discarded. It could be repealed or discarded because not everyone should have a gun or weapon of that sort. But with there's a consequence if this amendment is repealed. People would be charged with the possession of weaponry without this amendment. http://library.thinkquest.org/5873/Amend3.gif http://www.post-gazette.com/images2/20021127jb_const_milit_450.jpg Aereen Lapuz
Block 3-4 http://www2.fbi.gov/publications/leb/2001/august2001/image/august2001x27x1.jpg http://online.wsj.com/media/fisher_art_400_20080625131008.jpg I think that this amendment can be repealed or discarded. I think so because i feel that it is implied that powers not specifically written in the Constitution is reserved. But if this really was repealed, some powers that are important may be overlooked without this amendment. I think that this amendment can be repealed or discarded. I think so because as long as one has the right to vote, maybe it doesn't matter what age that one might be. But when repealing this, some peopel may think it's unfair that being an adult at 18 that they should be able to vote. http://news-libraries.mit.edu/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/money.jpg I think that this amendment could be repealed or discarded. I think that it could because it could be resolved without the need of an amendment. The consequence with repealing this is that the Congress's pay wont be looked into as thoroughly and won't be solved as fast. http://i.ytimg.com/vi/wvzWSC8T0-E/0.jpg http://www.mhschool.com/ss/ca/eng/g5/images/pd_g5_unit7_ps2.jpg http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=63 http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=63 http://www.shapethefuture.org/features/images/youthvote.jpg http://blueherald.com/uploads/Batocchio/2009/nixon_ford.jpg http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=58 http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=57 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Vote_icon.svg/326px-Vote_icon.svg.png http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=44 http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=43 http://joecampbell.org/historical-documenmts/constitution/Constiution%20-%20Amendment%2020.jpg http://thefreshscent.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/21stamendment.jpg http://joecampbell.org/historical-documenmts/constitution/Constiution%20-%20Amendment%2022.jpg http://ec.europa.eu/education/img/flags/usa.gif http://eastchestermiddlehighschoollib.wikispaces.com/file/view/18_Amendment_%232.gif/53050662/18_Amendment_%232.gif http://www.mcwdn.org/dof/voteBgWHT.gif http://citydesk.freedomblogging.com/files/2011/03/vote1.jpg http://victimsoflaw.net/SCOTUS.jpg http://business304.wikispaces.com/file/view/the-bill-of-rights--ninth-amendment.jpg/167655227/the-bill-of-rights--ninth-amendment.jpg 1-10
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