THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Made Simple

The United States Constitution is the one of many documents that will help you familiarize yourself with all the rights that you have as a United States of America citizen. We the people have the power to maintain and make changes in our country and local Los Angeles communities.

  • First Amendment: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly
  • Second Amendment: the right of the people to keep and bear arms
  • Third Amendment: restricts housing soldiers in private homes
  • Fourth Amendment: protects against unreasonable search and seizure
  • Fifth Amendment: protects against self-testimony, being tried twice for the same crime, and the seizure of property under eminent domain
  • Sixth Amendment: the rights to a speedy trial, trial by jury, and to the services of a lawyer
  • Seventh Amendment: guarantees trial by jury in cases involving a certain dollar amount
  • Eighth Amendment: prohibits excessive bail or fines and cruel and unusual punishment for crimes
  • Ninth Amendment: listing of rights (in the Bill of Rights) does not mean that other rights are not in effect
  • Tenth Amendment: power not granted to the Federal Government is reserved for states or individual people
  • Eleventh Amendment: Makes states immune from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders; lays the foundation for state sovereign immunity
  • Twelfth Amendment: Revises presidential election procedures by having the president and vice president elected together as opposed to the vice president being the runner up in the presidential election 
  • Thirteenth Amendment: Abolishes slavery, and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime
  • Fourteenth Amendment: Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with post–Civil War issues
  • Fifteenth Amendment: Prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude
  • Sixteenth Amendment: Permits Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the various states or basing it on the United States Census
  • Seventeeth Amendment: Establishes the direct election of United States senators by popular vote
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Prohibited the manufacturing or sale of alcohol within the United States
    (Repealed December 5, 1933, via the 21st Amendment) 
  • Nineteenth Amendment: Prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on sex
  • Twentieth Amendment: Changes the dates on which the terms of the president and vice president, and of members of Congress, begin and end, to January 20 and January 3 respectively. States that if the president-elect dies before taking office, the vice president–elect is to be inaugurated as President
  • Twenty-First Amendment: Repeals the 18th Amendment and makes it a federal offense to transport or import intoxicating liquors into U.S. states and territories where such is prohibited by law 
  • Twenty-Second Amendment: Limits the number of times a person can be elected president. 
  • Twenty-Third Amendment: Grants the District of Columbia electors in the Electoral College
  • Twenty Fourth Amendment: Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of a poll tax or any other tax 
  • Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Addresses succession to the presidency and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the vice president and responding to presidential disabilities
  • Twenty-Sixth Amendment: Prohibits the denial of the right of US citizens, 18 years of age or older, to vote on account of age
  • Twenty-Seventh Amendment: Delays laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until after the next election of representatives

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