Ch 3: U.S. Constitutional Amendments

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The U.S. Constitutional Amendments chapter of this Constitutions Study Guide course is the simplest way to master key amendments to the Constitution. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of U.S. constitutional amendments.

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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a U.S. constitutional amendments unit of a standard social science course. Topics covered include:

  • How constitutional amendments are proposed
  • The ratification process for amendments
  • The Bill of Rights and what it does
  • Other amendments, what they do and when they were adopted
  • Amendments related to progressive politics and women's suffrage

19 Lessons in Chapter 3: U.S. Constitutional Amendments
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The First Amendment: Commercial Speech, Scrutiny & Restrictions

1. The First Amendment: Commercial Speech, Scrutiny & Restrictions

The First Amendment of the Constitution states that all citizens are free to practice their preferred religion, speak freely and to assemble. Learn how and why businesses are less protected and are held to a higher scrutiny in this lesson.

The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

2. The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, we will learn about the right to bear arms. We will take a closer look at the right to find out what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

3. The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

One of our rights according to the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution is the Fourth Amendment, and it protects citizens from illegal search and seizure of person or property with proper warrants stating probable cause.

Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

4. Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

There are only two amendments that stand for the same rights: the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment. In this lesson, we will learn how both amendments speak to the rights of life, liberty and property with government protection and due process.

The Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

5. The Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

Both the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution provide all citizens with equal protection of their right to life, liberty and property. The main difference being the 5th Amendment provides it under the Due Process clause.

Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained by People

6. Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained by People

The purpose of the Ninth Amendment is to protect the citizens' rights that aren't necessarily mentioned elsewhere in the Constitution, like the right to privacy or the right to marry. It also prevents the violation of those rights by the government.

12th Amendment: Summary & Definition

7. 12th Amendment: Summary & Definition

The United States electoral system had significant shortcomings. Learn how the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution addressed and revamped the original presidential electoral system.

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

8. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

9. Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, political reformers pushed for an end of abuse of power in politics and government. Learn how political reforms of the Progressive Era helped make government more responsive to the people, prompting changes at every level of government.

Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders

10. Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders

The women's suffrage movement became one of the most prominent areas of reform during the Progressive movement. Learn about the work of early feminists, changing roles of women and notable women suffrage leaders who pushed for women's right to vote.

The U.S.'s 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd Constitutional Amendments

11. The U.S.'s 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd Constitutional Amendments

By the mid-20th century, the United States had grown into a world superpower, but our Constitution was still being refined through amendments. In this lesson we'll learn about the 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Amendments and the important issues they addressed.

The 24th Amendment: Description, Ratification & Impact

12. The 24th Amendment: Description, Ratification & Impact

In this lesson, we will learn about the 24th Amendment. We will examine what provisions it set forth, the background behind it, and the impact it has had.

The 25th Amendment: Summary & Ratification

13. The 25th Amendment: Summary & Ratification

The following lesson will discuss the rules for presidential succession found in the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

What Was the 26th Amendment?

14. What Was the 26th Amendment?

The 26th Amendment was passed in 1971, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In this lesson, learn about what led to the creation of this amendment, the fight to get it ratified and its ratification.

The 27th Amendment: Summary, History & Ratification

15. The 27th Amendment: Summary, History & Ratification

The following lesson concerns the lengthy journey the 27th Amendment took prior to its inclusion in the United States Constitution. This amendment concerns granting pay raises to members of Congress. A short quiz following the lesson will allow you to test your understanding of this topic.

The 7th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Court Cases

16. The 7th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Court Cases

The 7th amendment is one of the lesser-known amendments, but it established important rules for civil courts and asserts the supremacy of jury decisions. Once you've watched the video, test your understanding with a quiz.

What Is the 17th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & History

17. What Is the 17th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & History

The 17th Amendment redefined the rules about how senators are elected. This debated amendment came after the Senate was accused of vast corruption. Read about the amendment's history and how it is still controversial today.

The 16th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Ratification

18. The 16th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Ratification

The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution paved the way for the federal income tax. In this article, we'll examine how the 16th Amendment addressed a fundamental flaw in the Constitution, its historical background and how it was ratified.

Phyllis Schlafly: Biography, Books & the Equal Rights Amendment

19. Phyllis Schlafly: Biography, Books & the Equal Rights Amendment

The women's rights movement is an important part of American history, but did this mean the same thing to everyone? In this lesson, we'll talk about Phyllis Schlafly, and examine her contributions to American history.

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