What is an amendment?

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT – A: Principles of American Democracy

  1. What is an amendment?
  • a change (to the Constitution)
  • an addition (to the Constitution)
  1. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
  • the Bill of Rights

bill of rights original bill of rights

  1. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
  • speech
  • religion
  • assembly
  • press
  • petition the government
  1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  • twenty-seven (27)
  • 1st Amendment Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition
  • 2nd Amendment Right to Keep, Bear Arms
  • 3rd Amendment Lodging Troops in Private Homes
  • 4th Amendment Search, Seizures, Proper Warrants
  • 5th Amendment Criminal Proceedings; Due Process; Eminent Domain; Double Jeopardy; Protection from Self incrimination
  • 6th Amendment Criminal Proceedings; Must inform defendant of charge/s; Right to Attorney; Right to fair impartial jury
  • 7th Amendment Jury Trials in Civil Cases
  • 8th Amendment Bail; Cruel, Unusual Punishment
  • 9th Amendment Unenumerated Rights
  • 10th Amendment Powers Reserved to the States
  • 11th Amendment Suits Against States
  • 12th Amendment Election of President and Vice President
  • 13th Amendment Slavery and Involuntary Servitude Prohibited
  • 14th Amendment Rights of Citizens
  • 15th Amendment Right to Vote— Race, Color, Servitude
  • 16th Amendment Income Tax
  • 17th Amendment Popular Election of Senators
  • 18th Amendment Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors
  • 19th Amendment Equal Suffrage—Sex; Right of Women to Vote
  • 20th Amendment Commencement of Terms; Sessions of Congress; Death or Disqualification of President-Elect
  • 21st Amendment Repeal of 18th Amendment
  • 22nd Amendment Presidential Tenure; No President may serve more than 2 elected terms
  • 23rd Amendment Inclusion of District of Columbia in Presidential Election System
  • 24th Amendment Right to Vote in Federal Elections—-Tax Payment; Outlawed the payment of a tax as a condition for taking part in elections
  • 25th Amendment Presidential Succession; Vice Presidential Vacancy; Presidential Inability
  • 26th Amendment Right to Vote—-Age; Must be 18 years or older
  • 27th Amendment Congressional Pay; Congress’s power to fix the salaries of its members