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The Bill of Rights
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Protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government
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Protects an individual's right to bear arms
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Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers during peacetime
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Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause
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Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy
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Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel
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Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law
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Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment
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Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution
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Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution
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Amendments 11-27
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Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity
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Revises presidential election procedures
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Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime
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Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with post-Civil War issues
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Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude
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Allows the federal government to collect income tax
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Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote
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Establishes prohibition of alcohol (repealed by Twenty-first Amendment)
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Establishes women's suffrage
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Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); known as the "lame duck amendment"
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Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment and prohibits violations of state laws regarding alcohol.
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Limits the number of times that a person can be elected president. A person cannot be elected president more than twice. Additionally, a person who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected cannot be elected more than once.
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Provides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College
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Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes
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Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession
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Establishes the right to vote for those age 18 years or older.
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Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next session of Congress
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