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The Amendments

of the U.S.

The Bill of Rights

The first ten amendments of the twenty-seven total


Was required by Anti-Federalists in order for them to

ratify the Constitution

1st Amendment
Guarantees the
freedom of:

Way to remember
this: RAPPS

2nd Amendment
Gives U.S.
citizens the right
to bear arms
Way to remember
this: Bears have 2

3rd Amendment
The government may not house troops in
a private home

4th Amendment
Prohibits illegal searches and seizures
(searches require a warrant or
reasonable cause)
Way to remember this: 4 cant come
through the door

5th Amendment
Gives rights to the accused:
Must be indicted by a grand jury
Double jeopardy
Way to remember this: plead to the 5th

6th Amendment
Gives the right to a speedy and public trial
Gives right to:
a fair jury
be informed of your crime
confront witnesses
have witnesses on your behalf
be appointed a lawyer if you cant afford it

7th Amendment
Guarantees trial by jury in civil cases
involving more than $20

8th Amendment
Prohibits cruel and unusual punishment
Way to remember this: There are 8
ounces in a cup.

9th Amendment
Peoples rights are not limited to those
mentioned in the Constitution
Way to remember this: Nine not limited

10th Amendment
Declares that the people/states retain all
powers not denied to them or specifically
granted to the federal government.
Way to remember this: rights not written

11th & 12th

11th- a lawsuit brought by a citizen or
foreign state against a state must be tried
in the state court (1 vs. 1)
12th- talked about the election of the
president (1) and vice president (2)

13th, 14th, & 15th

These are considered the Civil War Amendments
13th- abolished slavery (13-unlucky number
14th- gave citizenship to former slaves and due
process of law to all citizens
15th- gave men the right to vote regardless of
race, color, or previous conditions (every man
may vote- 15 letters)

16th & 17th

16th- gave Congress the power to collect
an income tax
17th- the people would directly elect the
senators for each state from then on
(seventeen senators)

18th Amendment
Prohibited the production, sale, use, or
transportation of alcoholic beverages.
Way to remember this: PATS (Prohibited
Alcohol Transportation and Sale)

19th Amendment

Granted womens
suffrage (the right to

20th Amendment
Was considered the lame duck
It required newly elected Congress to
hold their first session on January 3rd.
It also made inauguration day January

21st & 22nd

21st- repealed the 18th amendment (21the age when you can legally drink)

22nd- limited the president from serving

no more than two terms or ten years

23rd & 24th

23rd- gave the people of the District of
Columbia the right to vote in elections;
gave DC three electoral votes.
24th- abolished poll taxes as a
requirement to vote in general elections.
(2 fo no mo po- 24 no more polls)

25th, 26th, & 27th

25th- discusses presidential Succession And
Disability (SAD)
26th- gave 18 year olds the right to vote in
27th- salary increases for Congressmen will not
take effect until the next session of Congress
(27 salaries)