The 10th Amendment

By Andrew Anderson

The 10th amendment

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.

History of the 10th amendment

The historical precursor to the Tenth Amendment was Article II of the Articles of Confederation. It basically said the same thing that todays tenth amendment says. Anti federalists warned that the unlimited power of the federal government needed some type of way to keep it equal. They came up with the 10th amendment to make sure neither state nor federal became to powerful.

The 10th amendment was created on December 15, 1791

Why it is important

It is important because without this amendment there would be nothing that says what rights the states have over the federal government. With this amendment we know we are guaranteed certain rights that the federal government can't take away or use.

Facts about 10th amendment

  • Leading point was Federalism
  • Introduced by James Madison
  • Help limit Congress powers

10th in the News

The Republicans are on the move to stop Obama's unlawful expansion of the federal government. Many say he has over stepped the reaches of the federal government with some of his doings. Washington is trying to make a one size fits all kind of take on the 10th amendment and that just doesn't work. Problems need to be dispersed to all the states to be handled more creatively and more of what the people want.

''Power tends to corrupt, Absolute power corrupts everything'' - Lord Acton