The first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution form the Bill of Rights. Key topics include the right to freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, and the right to due process and to a trial by jury.Continue Reading
Rights identified as comprising the First Amendment include free speech, religion, press, assembly and petitioning of the government. The Second Amendment includes the right to keep and bear arms, while the Third Amendment includes the right not to have soldiers housed in a resident's home without their consent. The Fourth Amendment involves the right to security of person, including the right against unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment covers a right to due process, including a right against self-incrimination.
The Sixth Amendment includes various trial rights, including the right to a trial by jury in criminal cases, and the Seventh Amendment provides a right to a trial by jury in civil suits. The Eighth Amendment bans the imposition of excessive bail requirements, as well as cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Amendment includes a declaration that the Bill of Rights does not comprise all rights held by the American people, and the Tenth Amendment clarifies that powers not delegated or prohibited in the United States Constitution are given to the state governments.Learn more about The Constitution