Bill of Rights

By Jade and Mercedes

Ten amendments

1) Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly- Congress can't make laws that go against people's freedom.

2) Right to bear arms- citizens have the right to protect themselves and their country.

3) Quartering of soldiers- Citizens don't have to allow soldiers in their homes during times of peace.

4) Search and arrest- People cannot search your house without a warrant, and a good reason.

5) Rights in criminal cases- You are innocent until proven guilty, and do not have to answer questions.

6) Rights to fair trail- Right to a speedy trial, a lawyer, and to understand the charges.

7) Rights in civil cases- Right to trial by jury in civil cases.

8) Bail, fine, and punishment- Limits on fine and punishment.

9) Rights retained by the people.- Natural rights cannot be taken away.

10) States' Rights- Lays out the power of the states' and the people's power.


The United States' Bill of Rights


Author: James Madison
Created: September 25, 1789
Approved: December 15, 1791
Summary: To set limits on government actions in regard to personal liberties.
- The constitution couldn't take effect until it was approved by individual states. Some states, though, didn't approve of the constitution because they thought it did not protect the rights of every citizen.
- Twelve amendments to the constitution were presented to the state for final approval but, only ten of the twelve were approved.
- The first additions came shortly after the constitution was drafted.