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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S CONSTITUTION AND AMMENDMENTS

The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention.

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ARTICLES OF THE CONSTITUTION

Article I

Article II

Article III

Article IV

Articles V, VI & VII

 

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AMENDMENTS
(Bill of Rights from 1 10)

Proposal date

Enactment date

1st

Protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and
freedom of the press, as well as the right to assemble and
petition the government

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

2nd

Protects an individual's right to bear arms

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

3rd

Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers during peacetime

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

4th

Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out
requirements for search warrants based on probable cause

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

5th

Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain,
protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination
and double jeopardy

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

6th

Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including
the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser,
to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

7th

Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according
to common law

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

8th

Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and
unusual punishment

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

9th

Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution.

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

10th

Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it
by the Constitution

September 25, 1789

December 15, 1791

11th

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

March 4, 1794

February 7, 1795

12th

Revises presidential election procedures

December 9, 1803

June 15, 1804

13th

Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for
a crime

January 31, 1865

December 6, 1865

14th

Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the
Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with
post-Civil War issues

June 13, 1866

July 9, 1868

15th

Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous
condition of servitude

February 26, 1869

February 3, 1870

16th

Allows the federal government to collect income tax

July 12, 1909

February 3, 1913

17th

Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by
popular vote

May 13, 1912

April 8, 1913

18th

Establishes prohibition of alcohol (repealed by Twenty-first
Amendment
)

December 18, 1917

January 16, 1919

19th

Establishes women's suffrage

June 4, 1919

August 18, 1920

20th

Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and
the President (January 20); known as the "lame duck amendment"

March 2, 1932

January 23, 1933

21st

Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment and prohibits violations of
state laws regarding alcohol.

February 20, 1933

December 5, 1933

22nd

Limits the number of times that a person can be elected president.
A person cannot be elected president more than twice. Additionally,
a person who has served more than two years of a term to which
someone else was elected cannot be elected more than once.

March 24, 1947

February 27, 1951

23rd

Provides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral
College

June 16, 1960

March 29, 1961

24th

Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment
of poll taxes

September 14, 1962

January 23, 1964

25th

Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential
succession

July 6, 1965

February 10, 1967

26th

Establishes the right to vote for those age 18 years or older.

March 23, 1971

July 1, 1971

27th

Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect
until the beginning of the next session of Congress

September 25, 1789

May 7, 1992[1]