Bill of Rights Project

  1. The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
  2. James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Anti-federalist
  3. The bill of rights are important because we still use them to this day 200 years later.

First Amendment

The first amendment is freedom of speech.

Second amendment

The right to bear arms

Third amendment

Restrictions on the quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner's consent, forbidding the practice in peacetime or wartime.

Fourth amendment

prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.

Fifth amendment

"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"

sixth amendment

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

seventh amendment

Civil Trials. 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 re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

eighth amendment

prohibiting the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture.

ninth amendment

rights, retained by the people, that are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

tenth amendment

he balance of power between the federal government and the states. The amendment says that the federal government has only those powers specifically granted by the Constitution.

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