The Constitution of the United States is one of the most important documents in U.S. history. It describes both how the government should operate and the rights the citizens hold. There have been twenty-seven amendments to the constitution, and the first ten are collectively known as the Bill of Rights. The photos below are a fun way to learn about the amendments!
The Amendments through Legos
The First Amendment: the right to freedom of speech, religion, press, and petition
The Second Amendment: the right to bear arms
The Third Amendment: the government cannot house troops in private homes
The Fourth Amendment: prohibition of unnecessary search and seizure
The Fifth Amendment: the right to remain silent! Also protects citizens from unjustified criminal punishment and property from being seized by the government without compensation
The Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments: respectively, the right to a quick trial by a jury of peers, civil cases must be tried by a jury, prohibition of excessive bail, fines, and punishment
The Ninth and Tenth Amendments: citizens have more rights than stated in the constitution and any powers not given to the government (or prohibited from the states) goes to the states and the people
The Eleventh Amendment: states are protected from cases by citizens of another state or country
The Twelfth Amendment: establishes separate ballots for president and vice president
The Thirteenth Amendment: Slavery is banned in the U.S.
The Fourteenth Amendment: citizens have equal rights regardless of race
The Fifteenth Amendment: the right to vote cannot be denied based on race
The Sixteenth Amendment: congress can collect tax on incomes
The Seventeenth Amendment: each state will have two senators elected by the citizens of their state for two years and each senator will have one vote
The Eighteenth Amendment: the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol is banned
The Nineteenth Amendment: the right to vote cannot be denied on base of gender
The Twentieth Amendment: cleared up dates about when a president’s term starts and ends
The Twenty-first Amendment: repeals the eighteenth amendment – alcohol is legal again. The Eighteenth Amendment is the only amendment to ever be repealed
The Twenty-second Amendment: presidents can only serve two terms
The Twenty-third Amendment: citizens of Washington DC can elect public officials.
The Twenty-fourth Amendment: the right to vote cannot be denied because of inability to pay poll tax or any other tax
The Twenty-fifth Amendment: if the president dies or is removed from office the Vice President will become president
The Twenty-sixth Amendment: lowered the voting age from 21 to 18
The Twenty-seventh Amendment: bans any law that changes the salary of members of Congress from going into effect until the start of the next term of office for representatives.