Lesson 5 - Bill of Rights

 

 

After the Constitution was passed, many people wanted the rights of Americans spelled out more clearly than they were in the Constitution. To do this, Congress passed amendments (changes) to the constitution. The first ten amendments were passed in 1791. They are called the Bill of Rights.

Bill of Rights

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Speech, religion, assembly, press

2 Right to bear arms
3 Quartering of soldiers
4 Unlawful search and seizure

5

Habeas Corpus, due process

6

Speedy trial, representation

7 Trial by jury in federal court

8

Reasonable bail
Protection from cruel and unusual punishment
9 All individual rights may not be listed
10 Powers not specifically given to the Federal government are reserved to the states or individual

How the Constitution is Amended

2/3 of each House of Congress

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2/3 of all state legislatures or conventions

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3/4 of all states (38) needed to ratify

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becomes an amendment to the Constitution

 

 

Lesson Links

Lesson 1 - Articles of Confederation

Lesson 2 - Writing the Constitution

Lesson 3 - Checks and Balances of the Government

Lesson 4 - The New Government

Lesson 5 - Bill of Rights

The First Political Parties

George Washington

Article I - Legislative Branch

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Article II - Executive Branch

Article III - Judicial Branch

Amendments

Timeline

 
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