1st: Freedom of speech, religion, press, and peaceful assembly
2nd: Right to keep and bear arms (aka own firearms)
3rd: The government can’t force you to house and feed soldiers in peacetime.
4th: We are free from unreasonable searches and seizures of our homes, our bodies, or our property, conducted by government officials, and any search/arrest warrants must have proper information.
5th: Four main parts:
1 - We can’t be forced to give court testimony that would incriminate ourselves, 2 - once we have been found not guilty of a crime, the government can’t charge us again for the same crime, 3 - the government can’t take private property for public use without justification and giving the owner proper compensation for it, 4 - before being charged with a capital crime or other serious crime, our case must be reviewed by a grand jury.
6th: We have a right to a speedy trial, and be represented by a lawyer, have the chance to challenge prosecution witnesses, call witnesses for our defense, and have a trial by jury of our peers if charged with a crime.
7th: We have a right to have civil cases heard by a jury.
8th: The government can’t use torture or excessively cruel punishments nor can they require excessive bail.
9th: Just because a right is not listed in the Constitution or its amendments doesn’t mean that the right doesn’t exist. In other words, this demonstrates that the Constitution doesn’t grant rights, it protects them, and these listed in particular.
10th: If the Constitution doesn’t specifically grant a power to the federal government, it automatically stays with the people and/or state governments.
United States Constitutions Bill of Rights
Though there are twenty-seven amendments in the United States Constitution the first ten that were ratified in 1791 are known today as the Bill of Rights. These first ten amendments represent the foun
dation upon which all other amendments were built upon. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 with the intention to stop the federal government from infringing on the affairs and individual freedoms of United State citizens. Without any of these rights the government today would have more power over individuals then the original settlers originally intended when drafting the United States Constitution.