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What Branch Is Congress?

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It can be really difficult to understand all the moving parts of our government. Unfortunately, it’s partially by design. With all of the systems in place to keep our government honest and non-corrupt, it requires a lot of research for someone who isn’t a political scholar to understand what each piece does.

What Was Prohibition?

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The prohibition era was a period of 13 years in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol were forbidden in the United States. Those in favor of prohibition and the temperance movement wanted to improve society by prohibiting the supply of alcohol.

What Are Civil Liberties?

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Civil Liberties are rights granted to us through the constitution. These are rights people have just because they are on United States soil. Many of them come from the Bill of Rights, such as the right to free speech, freedom of religion, etc. Though many of these rights are well known, let’s delve a little deeper into the history and the differences between a Civil Liberty and a Civil Right.

What Is Double Jeopardy?

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Why Is the Double Jeopardy Clause Important? The double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment prevents the injustice of someone being tried more than once for the same crime. If a person is acquitted, they cannot be brought back into court to be tried again. Acquittals are final, and retrials after an acquittal are illegal. […]

Self Incrimination in the Constitution

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When a witness is testifying at a trial, there is a risk that the he or she might say something that incriminates themselves. They may, for example, admit to something that proves they are partly responsible for a crime committed or that they committed another criminal offense.

Ratifying Constitutional Amendments

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There are two ways to ratify a constitutional amendment. The first way entails an amendment be approved by both houses of Congress. Then, the amendment is sent out to the states for approval. The second way is that an amendment gets approved by state legislatures. This is the short answer to this question, but ratifying an amendment is more complex.