The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

Amendment 1

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 petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition.

Amendment 2

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.

  • Right to bear arms.

Amendment 3

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.

  • Citizens do not have to house soldiers.

Amendments 4

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.

  • No unreasonable search or arrest.

Amendment 5

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;

  • No double jeopardy or no witness against yourself.

Amendment 6

n 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

  • Rights of accused in criminal cases.

Amendment 7

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 common law.

  • Trial by jury.

Amendment 8

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

  • No excessive bail or cruel punishment.

Amendment 9

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

  • People get rights not listed in Constitution.

Amendment 10

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.

  • Any rights not given to federal government are given to the states and people.

What is the Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

Why were they created? Who opposed the creation of the Bill of Rights?

George Mason was one of the leading figures in creating the Bill of Rights. After storming out of the Constitutional Convention because the Constitution didn't contain a declaration of human rights, he worked to pass amendments that would protect citizens from an intrusive government.

The Federalists opposed including a bill of rights on the ground that it was unnecessary. The Anti-Federalists, who were afraid of a strong centralized government, refused to support the Constitution without one.

Why Are They Important?
The Importance Of Limited Government. The Bill of Rights were added to the Constitution to address fears raised by the Anti-Federalists during the ratification of the Constitution that the Constitution did not provide sufficient protection against abuses of power by the federal government.

Out of all Amendments, which is the most important to you, and why?

The most important amendment to me would be the 1st amendment, Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; right of petition and assembly, because in a world where you couldn't choose your own religion or say what you want would cause a complete catastrophe . We are our own people meaning that no two of us are exactly alike. different people have different personalities meaning different views on different matters. by us having this amendment we don't only have the freedom of choice, but an enabled learning opportunity for everyone to investigate the actual reason behind ones worship or speech.  

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