Amendments

Amendments of the Constitution

WHAT IS AN AMENMENT??

An amendment is a minor change to an important document. In this case it is an added rule to the Constitution. The added rules become a part of the Constitution and should be obeyed. Adding an amendment to the constitution is langthy and hard. This is because the changes must be for the future and not just for something that is now. The new law should be for something that will affect the future. If not changed than it may negitivly effect the future.

Facts

One fact is that the first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. Another fact is that in the twentieth centry there were 12 amendments add to the constitution. This is the most added in one century. Also the people were not perfect and there were alot of spelling errors.One is that Pennsylvania is spelled as Pensylvania. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest person to sign the constitution at 81 years old.

What Amendments?

There are 27 amendments in the Constitution. These are the first 4 Amendments.

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

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.

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

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.

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; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.