Learn about the 25 amendments to the US Constitution in this useful, insightful, and fun list of facts. The Bill of Rights is a list of ten constitutional amendments adopted on December 15, 1791. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away! But what about a fact a day? Have you ever wondered how many times the word “the” appears in one of these lists? We did! Read on for more interesting facts about this crucial document.
- There are twenty-five amendments to the U.S Constitution; they make up The Bill Of Rights.
- The Bill of Rights originally applied to the federal government. Today, all states have their own bill of rights.
- The Bill of Rights originally only applied to the Federal Government. Today, all States have their own bill of rights.
- James Madison wrote most of The Bill Of Rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote some parts too, but his were more about freedom of speech, not freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, etc.… Thomas Jefferson is one of the Founding Fathers who came up with the idea for our country to become a democracy. James Madison helped get that idea turned into the Constitution. So the Founding Fathers are Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin.
Well-Known Amendments Include:
- The First Amendment protects freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and the right to petition.
- The Second Amendment states that people have the right to bear arms.
- The Fourth Amendment states that people cannot be searched, without a warrant, without probable cause, and if they are not under arrest.
- The Sixth Amendment ensures the right to trial by jury for crimes committed in federal court.
- The Eighth Amendment says that people should not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
- The Twelfth Amendment says the president and vice-president should be voted for separately.
- The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, except as a punishment for a crime.
- The Fourteenth Amendment says that people in the US cannot be denied the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
- The Nineteenth Amendment says women can vote and run for office!
- The Twenty-Fifth Amendment guarantees that if a president is unable to fulfill their duties, that vice president will then take over as president until the new president has been sworn into office.