Constitutional Amendments28 cards

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Paraphrase the 1st Amendment

Freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, to assemble, and to petition.


Paraphrase the 2nd Amendment

Enumerates the right to keep and bear arms


Paraphrase the 3rd Amendment

No quartering of soldiers in private houses during peacetime. In a time of war, Congress can pass a law stating that soldiers should be quartered.


Paraphrase the 4th Amendment

Interdiction of unreasonable Searches and seizures; search warrant is required to search belongings.


Paraphrase the 5th Amendment

Protects against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure. Indictments; Due process; Self-incrimination; Double jeopardy, and rules for Eminent Domain.


Paraphrase the 6th Amendment

Rights to a fair and speedy public trial, to notice of accusations, to confront the accuser, to subpoenas, to counsel.


Paraphrase the 7th Amendment

Right to trial by jury in civil cases in which the value in controversy exceeds twenty dollars.


Paraphrase the 8th Amendment

No excessive bail and fines or cruel and unusual punishment.


Paraphrase the 9th Amendment

Unenumerated rights; sometimes defined as legal rights inferred from other legal rights that are codified by law institutions, such as in written constitutions, but are not themselves specifically coded or listed among existing written law.


Paraphrase the 10th Amendment

Limits the powers of the Federal Government to only those specifically granted to it by the constitution.


Paraphrase the 11th Amendment

Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity.


Paraphrase the 12th Amendment

Revises Presidential election procedures (Electoral College).


Paraphrase the 13th Amendment

Abolishes slavery and Involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.


Paraphrase the 14th Amendment

All persons born or naturalized in the US are citizens; can't be deprived of life, liberty, property without due process of law. Equal protection under the law. No elected government official shall engage in insurrection or rebellion.


Paraphrase the 15th Amendment

Race, color, or previous condition of servitude shall not prohibit the right to vote to the citizens of the United States.


Paraphrase the 16th Amendment

Allows federal income tax.


Paraphrase the 17th Amendment

Direct election by the people of Senators.


Paraphrase the 18th Amendment

Prohibition of Alcohol (Repealed by 21st amendment).


Paraphrase the 19th Amendment

Federal recognition of women's suffrage - women are given the right to vote.


Paraphrase the 20th Amendment

Term Commencement for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20). This amendment is also known as the lame duck amendment referring to an interval of legislative inactivity.


Paraphrase the 21st Amendment

Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment; state and local prohibition of alcohol no longer required by law.


Paraphrase the 22nd Amendment

Limits the president to two terms of office.


Paraphrase the 23rd Amendment

Representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College.


Paraphrase the 24th Amendment

The right of citizens to vote in any election 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.


Paraphrase the 25th Amendment

Deals with succession to the Presidency and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities.


Paraphrase the 26th Amendment

Voting age nationally established at age 18.


Paraphrase the 27th Amendment

Prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of the Congress from taking effect, until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives.


Define The Bill of Rights

In the United States of America, the Bill of Rights is the name by which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known.