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Within the United States Constitution, the 14th amendment defines citizenship and its requirements. This amendment was penned in response to the abolition of slavery, with the goal of securing the rights of former slaves... More »

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The main purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to establish the basic rights of all American citizens and provide direction on how the government should work. The Constitution also provides the framework for law and order ... More »

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A formal amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one that goes through one of the processes outlined in Article V of the Constitution and adds to or changes the document's wording. In contrast, an informal amendment does n... More »

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The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is important because it abolished slavery in all American states. The amendment was passed by the Senate on April 18, 1864, and by the House of Representatives on Janu... More »

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The 12th Amendment to the United States Constitution is a brief passage that details the procedure governing the election of the president and vice president. It was ratified by the states in 1805 and modifies the Consti... More »

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The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution deals with bails, fines and punishments imposed by U.S. courts. U.S. citizens have protection from excessive bail, which wrongly imprisons poorer people before trial... More »

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The 22nd Amendment (often written as "Amendment XXII") is part of the United States Constitution which prohibits any president from serving more than two terms in office, and this is considered vital for defending agains... More »

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