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What are the First Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution?

The amendments were created with the best interests of the citizens in mind; for instance, the second amendment is to protect the right of firearm ownership.
The purpose of the Bill of Rights was protection of the American people.
The US Constitution.
The Fifth Amendment forbids double jeopardy, which is being tried twice for the same crime.
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The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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Amendment III: No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII: In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

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anon146290
Post 10

Well I'm 11 and I found a loophole. When they told us to be quiet, if we have the freedom of speech why can't we always speak whenever we want?

anon109717
Post 9
anon95669
Post 8

I finally get it!

anon74946
Post 5

The 11th amendment to the 27th are civil rights and constitutional rights. there are two 11th amendments. why is not the real constitution the way it was originally created and defined and being used?

why does congress get away with violating the constitution all the time like the welfare clause was used to limit the powers of congress so they would not tax the people.

Ohio was never admitted to the commonwealth. they refused to accept the rules of the commonwealth. The 13th amendment states attorneys licensed cannot hold office at any time yet bill after bill is illegally passed.

anon60883
Post 4

what is the Fourth Article, section 3, paragraph 1 of the us constitution?

anon60159
Post 3

even though we have freedom of speech why does it seem like there is invasion of privacy? --Patches

malena
Post 2

The first 10 Constitutional Amendments are also known as the Bill of Rights.

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