The First Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

First Amendment

Introduction The Constitution of the United States of America is a written document that took effect in 1789. It sets out the principles by which the new nation was to be governed. The founding fathers were keen to preserve the principle of individual freedom with the First Amendment, and so they enshrined in law certain […]

The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

2nd Amendment

Introduction The Second Amendment to the Constitution is a single sentence with profound implications. It reads: “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.” As part of the Bill of Rights, this amendment safeguards US citizens’ right […]

The 3rd Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

3rd Amendment

Introduction The Declaration of American Independence is a much-admired document, praised for its simplicity, the sentiments expressed therein, and the eloquent language. It is at the heart of the United States Constitution, which was drawn up to establish a legal basis for the new country’s governance. It has to be remembered, though, that the Constitution […]

The 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

The 5th Amendment

The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and has to do with criminal proceedings. Its provisions include: allowing people to be indicted by a grand jury before going to trial, protection against being made to answer more than once for the same crime, allowing people to keep from […]

The 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

Introduction The 6th Amendment concerns the rights of anyone accused of a criminal offence. It states that any accused person has the right to a lawyer to act on their behalf, has the right to an early trial and that the trial should be held in public. It also states that the jury should be […]

The 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

Introduction The 7th Amendment to the Constitution of the USA supports and enhances the provisions of the 6th Amendment. In the 6th Amendment, the right of an accused person to a jury trial is guaranteed. In the 7th Amendment, this right is fine-tuned to establish clarity in civil cases. The 7th Amendment reads: “In Suits […]

The 8th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

8th amendment

What The 8th Amendment States. According to the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution, fines should not be imposed in excess, and neither shall excess bail be needed. It also goes against any punishment that is brutal and barbaric. The amendment is there to protect criminal defendants from getting cruel punishments from the federal government. […]

The 9th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

What Is The Ninth Amendment? When the Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution in 1791, the Ninth Amendment clause was part. The Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that the federal government doesn’t own the rights that are not listed in the Constitution, but instead, they belong to citizens. […]

The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

Introduction The 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution sets out the limits to the powers of the Federal government. It states that any powers that the Constitution does not give to the federal government are the responsibility of the states themselves. The “powers” referred to fall into three categories: Expressed Powers Expressed Powers are sometimes […]