The CONSTITUTION of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
109th CONGRESS, 2d SESSION /
SENATE DOCUMENT 109–17
The Declaration of Independence
was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment.
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the
hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured
by mortal power.’’
Alexander Hamilton, 1775
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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 108
(Submitted by Senator Lott)
UNITED STATES SENATE
109th Congress, 2d Session July 18, 2006
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives Concurring),

The CONSTITUTION of the United States
with Index and
The Declaration of Independence

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article. I.

Section. 1.
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section. 2.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.[Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.]*
The actual Enumeration
*Changed by section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment.
shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every
thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four,
Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies. The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section. 3.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, [chosen by the Legislature thereof,]* for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall
be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; [and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next
*Changed by the Seventeenth Amendment.
Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.]*
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that
State for which he shall be chosen.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted
without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but
the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Section. 4.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be [on the first
*Changed by the Seventeenth Amendment. Monday in December,]* unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

Section. 5.
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number
may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide. Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two
thirds, expel a Member. Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be
entered on the Journal. Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

Section. 6.
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any
Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. No Senator or Representative shall, during the
Time for which he was elected, be appointed to
*Changed by section 2 of the Twentieth Amendment. any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Section. 7.
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it
becomes a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated,
who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names
of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall
be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law. Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the
Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be re passed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

Section. 8.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United
States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively,
the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other
needful Buildings;—And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing
Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Section. 9.
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight
hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.*
No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.
No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money
shall be published from time to time.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Section. 10.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of
Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of
Nobility.
No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State
*See Sixteenth Amendment. on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws
shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a
foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Article. II.

Section. 1.
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. [The Electors shall meet in their respective
States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify,
and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of
Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more
than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately choose by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner choose the President. But in choosing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall choose from them by Ballot the Vice
President.]* The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States. No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person
be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. [In Case of the Removal of the President from
Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case *Changed by the Twelfth Amendment. of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.]*
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them. Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Section. 2.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties,
provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls,
Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not
*Changed by the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.
herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall
expire at the End of their next Session.

Section. 3.
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Section. 4.
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and
Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Article. III.

Section. 1.
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

Section. 2.
The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and
Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;—[between a State and Citizens of another State;—]* between Citizens of different States,— between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, [and between a
State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.]*
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before
mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment; shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have
directed.

Section. 3.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason
unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attained. *Changed by the Eleventh Amendment.

Article. IV.
Section. 1.
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State; And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Section. 2.
The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand
of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime. [No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim
of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.]*

Section. 3.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution
shall be so construed as to Prejudice any *Changed by the Thirteenth Amendment. Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Section. 4.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

Article. V.

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which
may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of it’s equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Article. VI.

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation. This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be
the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall
be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Article. VII.

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same. done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of
September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth In Witness whereof We have hereunto
subscribed our Names,
G. Washington—President. and deputy from Virginia
New Hampshire; John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
Massachusetts; Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
Connecticut; Wm. Saml. Johnson,Roger Sherman
New York; Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey; Wil: Livingston,David Brearley,Wm. Paterson,Jona: Dayton
Pennsylvania; B Franklin,Thomas Mifflin,Robt Morris,Geo. Clymer,Thos. FitzSimons,Jared Ingersoll,James Wilson,Gouv Morris
Delaware; Geo: Read,Gunning Bedford jun,John Dickinson,Richard Bassett,Jaco: Broom
Maryland; James McHenry,Dan of St Thos. Jenifer,Danl Carroll
Virginia; John Blair—,James Madison Jr.
North Carolina; Wm. Blount,Richd. Dobbs Spaight,Hu Williamson
South Carolina; J. Rutledge,Charles Cotesworth Pinckney,Charles Pinckney,Pierce Butler,Georgia William Few,Abr Baldwin
Attest William Jackson Secretary

In Convention Monday
September 17th 1787.

Present The States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut,Mr. Hamilton from New York, New Jersey,Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Resolved, That the proceeding Constitution be laid before the United States in Congress assembled, and that it is the Opinion of this Convention, that it should afterward be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the People
thereof, under the Recommendation of its Legislature, for their Assent and Ratification; and that each Convention assenting to, and ratifying the Same, should give Notice thereof to the United
States in Congress assembled. Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine States shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States in Congress
assembled should fix a Day on which Electors should be appointed by the States which shall have ratified the same, and a Day on which the Electors should assemble to vote for the President, and the Time and Place for commencing Proceedings under this Constitution. That after such Publication the Electors should
be appointed, and the Senators and Representatives elected: That the Electors should meet on the Day fixed for the Election of the President, and should transmit their Votes certified, signed, sealed and directed, as the Constitution requires, to the Secretary of the United States in Congress assembled, that the Senators and Representatives should convene at the Time and Place assigned; that the Senators should appoint a President of the Senate,
for the sole Purpose of receiving, opening and counting the Votes for President; and, that after he shall be chosen, the Congress, together with the President, should, without Delay, proceed to
execute this Constitution. By the unanimous Order of the Convention G. WASHINGTON—President, W. JACKSON Secretary.

*Congress OF THE United States
begun and held at the City of New-York,
on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution: RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution. . . .

FREDERICK AUGUSTUS MUHLENBERG;
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JOHN ADAMS; Vice-President of the United States,
and President of the Senate.

ATTEST,
JOHN BECKLEY; Clerk of the House of Representatives.

SAM. A. OTIS; Secretary of the Senate.

* On September 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state legislatures twelve proposed amendments, two of which, having to do with Congressional representation and Congressional pay, were not adopted. The remaining ten amendments became the Bill of Rights.

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Amendment I.*
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

*The first ten Amendments (Bill of Rights) were ratified
effective December 15, 1791.

Amendment IV.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Amendment VI.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX.
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendment XI.*
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of *The Eleventh Amendment was ratified February 7, 1795. the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

Amendment XII.*
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they
shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;—The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President,
the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth
*The Twelfth Amendment was ratified June 15, 1804. day of March next following, then the Vice President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President—-]* The person having the greatest
number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Amendment XIII.**

Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place
subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XIV.***

Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges

* Superseded by section 3 of the Twentieth Amendment.
** The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified December 6, 1865.
*** The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified July 9, 1868. or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not
taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5.
The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Amendment XV.*

Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XVI.**

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or
enumeration.

Amendment XVII.***

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors
* The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified February 3, 1870.
** The Sixteenth Amendment was ratified February 3, 1913.
*** The Seventeenth Amendment was ratified April 8, 1913. of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State
may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

Amendment XVIII.*
[Section 1.
After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2.
The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3.
This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.] *The Eighteenth Amendment was ratified January 16,
1919. It was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment,
December 5, 1933.

Amendment XIX.*

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this
article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XX.**

Section 1.
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years
in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Section 2.
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

Section 3.
If, at the time fixed for the beginning
of the term of the President, the President
elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall
become President. If a President shall not have
been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning
of his term, or if the President elect shall have
failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall
act as President until a President shall have qualified;
and the Congress may by law provide for the
case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice
President elect shall have qualified, declaring who
shall then act as President, or the manner in
which one who is to act shall be selected, and such
*The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified August 18,
1920.
**The Twentieth Amendment was ratified January 23,
1933.
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person shall act accordingly until a President or
Vice President shall have qualified.
Section 4. The Congress may by law provide
for the case of the death of any of the persons from
whom the House of Representatives may choose
a President whenever the right of choice shall have
devolved upon them, and for the case of the death
of any of the persons from whom the Senate may
choose a Vice President whenever the right of
choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on
the 15th day of October following the ratification
of this article.
Section 6. This article shall be inoperative
unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment
to the Constitution by the legislatures of threefourths
of the several States within seven years
from the date of its submission.
Amendment XXI.*
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment
to the Constitution of the United States is
hereby repealed.
Section 2. The transportation or importation
into any State, Territory, or possession of the
United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating
liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is
hereby prohibited.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative
unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment
to the Constitution by conventions in the several
States, as provided in the Constitution, within
seven years from the date of the submission hereof
to the States by the Congress.
*The Twenty-First Amendment was ratified December
5, 1933.
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Amendment XXII.*
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the
office of the President more than twice, and no person
who has held the office of President, or acted
as President, for more than two years of a term to
which some other person was elected President
shall be elected to the office of the President more
than once. But this Article shall not apply to any
person holding the office of President when this
Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall
not prevent any person who may be holding the
office of President, or acting as President, during
the term within which this Article becomes operative
from holding the office of President or acting
as President during the remainder of such
term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless
it shall have been ratified as an amendment
to the Constitution by the legislatures of threefourths
of the several States within seven years
from the date of its submission to the States by the
Congress.
Amendment XXIII.**
Section 1. The District constituting the seat of
Government of the United States shall appoint in
such manner as the Congress may direct:
A number of electors of President and Vice
President equal to the whole number of Senators
and Representatives in Congress to which the District
would be entitled if it were a State, but in no
event more than the least populous State; they
shall be in addition to those appointed by the
*The Twenty-Second Amendment was ratified February
27, 1951.
** The Twenty-Third Amendment was ratified March 29,
1961.
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States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes
of the election of President and Vice President,
to be electors appointed by a State; and they
shall meet in the District and perform such duties
as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to
enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Amendment XXIV.*
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United
States to vote in any primary or other election for
President or Vice President, for electors for President
or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative
in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or any State by reason of
failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to
enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Amendment XXV.**
Section 1. In case of the removal of the President
from office or of his death or resignation, the
Vice President shall become President.
Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the
office of the Vice President, the President shall
nominate a Vice President who shall take office
upon confirmation by a majority vote of both
Houses of Congress.
Section 3. Whenever the President transmits
to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives his writ-
*The Twenty-Fourth Amendment was ratified January
23, 1964.
**The Twenty-Fifth Amendment was ratified February
10, 1967.
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ten declaration that he is unable to discharge the
powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits
to them a written declaration to the contrary,
such powers and duties shall be discharged by the
Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and
a majority of either the principal officers of the executive
departments or of such other body as Congress
may by law provide, transmit to the President
pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker
of the House of Representatives their written declaration
that the President is unable to discharge the
powers and duties of his office, the Vice President
shall immediately assume the powers and duties
of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the
President pro tempore of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives his written
declaration that no inability exists, he shall
resume the powers and duties of his office unless
the Vice President and a majority of either the principal
officers of the executive department or of such
other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit
within four days to the President pro tempore
of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
Representatives their written declaration that the
President is unable to discharge the powers and
duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall
decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight
hours for that purpose if not in session. If the
Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of
the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not
in session, within twenty-one days after Congress
is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds
vote of both Houses that the President is unable to
discharge the powers and duties of his office, the
Vice President shall continue to discharge the same
as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall
resume the powers and duties of his office.
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Amendment XXVI.*
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United
States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to
vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United
States or by any State on account of age.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to
enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Amendment XXVII.**
No law, varying the compensation for the
services of the Senators and Representatives, shall
take effect, until an election of Representatives
shall have intervened.
*The Twenty-Sixth Amendment was ratified July 1, 1971.
**Congress submitted the text of the Twenty-Seventh Amendment
to the States as part of the proposed Bill of Rights on
September 25, 1789. The Amendment was not ratified
together with the first ten Amendments, which became
effective on December 15, 1791. The Twenty-Seventh
Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992, by the vote of
Michigan. .
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Appendix
THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it
becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the
Political Bands which have connected them with
another, and to assume among the Powers of the
Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the
Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,
a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind
requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the Separation.
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that
all Men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit
of Happiness—That to secure these Rights,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
their just Powers from the Consent of the
Governed, that whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government, laying its Foundation
on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in
such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to
effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and
transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience
hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right
themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they
are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses
and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under
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absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their
Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future Security. Such
has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies;
and such is now the Necessity which constrains
them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The History of the present King of Great-Britain
is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations,
all having in direct Object the Establishment of an
absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let
Facts be submitted to a candid World.
HE has refused his Assent to Laws, the most
wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
HE has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws
of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended
in their Operation till his Assent should
be obtained; and when so suspended, he has
utterly neglected to attend to them.
HE has refused to pass other Laws for the
Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless
those People would relinquish the Right of Representation
in the Legislature, a Right inestimable
to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.
HE has called together Legislative Bodies at
Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from
the Depository of their public Records, for the sole
Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with
his Measures.
HE has dissolved Representative Houses
repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his
Invasions on the Rights of the People.
HE has refused for a long Time, after such
Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected;
whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of
Annihilation, have returned to the People at large
for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean
time ex posed to all the Dangers of Invasion from
without, and Convulsions within.
HE has endeavoured to prevent the Population
of these States; for that Purpose obstructing
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the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners;
refusing to pass others to encourage their
Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of
new Appropriations of Lands.
HE has obstructed the Administration of Justice,
by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing
Judiciary Powers.
HE has made Judges dependent on his Will
alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the
Amount and Payment of their Salaries.
HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices,
and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our
People, and eat out their Substance.
HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace
Standing Armies, without the consent of our
Legislatures.
HE has affected to render the Military independent
of and superior to the Civil Power.
HE has combined with others to subject us to a
Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and
unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to
their Acts of pretended Legislation:
FOR quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops
among us:
FOR protecting them, by a mock Trial, from
Punishment for any Murders which they should
commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
FOR cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the
World:
FOR imposing Taxes on us without our
Consent:
FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the
Benefits of Trial by Jury:
FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for
pretended Offences:
FOR abolishing the free System of English
Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing
therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its
Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example
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and fit Instrument for introducing the same
absolute Rule into these Colonies:
FOR taking away our Charters, abolishing our
most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally
the Forms of our Governments:
FOR suspending our own Legislatures, and
declaring themselves invested with Power to
legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.
HE has abdicated Government here, by declaring
us out of his Protection and waging War against
us.
HE has plundered our Seas, ravaged our
Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives
of our People.
HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies
of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of
Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun
with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely
paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally
unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.
HE has constrained our fellow Citizens taken
Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their
Country, to become the Executioners of their
Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their
Hands.
HE has excited domestic Insurrections
amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the
Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian
Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an
undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes
and Conditions.
IN every stage of these Oppressions we have
Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms:
Our repeated Petitions have been answered only
by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is
thus marked by every act which may define a
Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to
our British Brethren. We have warned them from
Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to
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extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We
have reminded them of the Circumstances of our
Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed
to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we
have conjured them by the Ties of our common
Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which,
would inevitably interrupt our Connections and
Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the
Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must,
therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which
denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we
hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in
Peace, Friends.
WE, therefore, the Representatives of the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL
CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme
Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions,
do, in the Name, and by Authority of the
good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish
and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and
of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT
STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to
the British Crown, and that all political Connection
between them and the State of Great-Britain,
is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as
FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full
Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances,
establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts
and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of
right do. And for the support of this Declaration,
with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
May 25, 1787: The Constitutional Convention opens
with a quorum of seven states in Philadelphia to discuss
revising the Articles of Confederation. Eventually
all states but Rhode Island are represented.
Sept. 17, 1787: All 12 state delegations approve the
Constitution, 39 delegates sign it of the 42 present,
and the Convention formally adjourns.
June 21, 1788: The Constitution becomes effective for
the ratifying states when New Hampshire is the
ninth state to ratify it.
March 4, 1789: The first Congress under the Constitution
convenes in New York City.
April 30, 1789: George Washington is inaugurated as
the first President of the United States.
June 8, 1789: James Madison introduces proposed Bill
of Rights in the House of Representatives.
Sept. 24, 1789: Congress establishes a Supreme
Court, 13 district courts, three ad hoc circuit courts,
and the position of Attorney General.
Sept. 25, 1789: Congress approves 12 amendments
and sends them to the states for ratification.
Feb. 2, 1790: Supreme Court convenes for the first
time after an unsuccessful attempt February 1.
Dec. 15, 1791: Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights, and
10 of the 12 proposed amendments become part of
the U.S. Constitution.
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INDEX TO CONSTITUTION AND
AMENDMENTS
Article, Section Page
Admiralty & maritime cases III,2 13
Advice and consent II,2 11
Age, as qualification for public
office
president II,1 10
representatives I,2 1
senators I,3 3
voting A26 34
Ambassadors
Case controversies III,2 13
President’s power II,2–3 11–12
Amendment procedure V 15
Appellate jurisdiction III,2 13
Appointment power II,2 11–12
Appointments, temporary A17 28
Apportionment of
representatives I,2;A14,2 1–2,26
Appropriations(s) I,8,9 7,8
Arms, right to bear A2 21
Army II,2 11
Assembly, right of A1 21
Authors I,8 6
Bail, excessive A8 23
Bankruptcy, Congress’ power I,8 6
Bill of Rights (Amends. 1-10) A1–A10 21–23
Bills I,7 5–6
Bills of attainder I,9–10 8
Borrowing, Congress’ power I,8 6
Cabinet officers’ reports II,2 11
Census I,2 1–2
Chief Justice, role in
impeachment trials I,3 3
Commander in Chief II,2 11
Commerce, Congress’ power I,8 6
Commission of officers II,3 12
Compact I,10 9
Congress
annual meetings I,4;A20,2 3–4,29
declaring war I,8 6
legislative proceedings I,5 4
members’ compensation and
privileges I,6;A27 4–5,34
organization I,1 1
powers I,8;A12 6–7,24–25
special sessions II,3 12
Congressional Record (Journal) I,5 4
Constitution, purpose Preamble 1
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Article, Section Page
Contracts, interference by states I,10 8
Controversies, court cases III,2 13
Conventions V;VII;A21 15,16,30
Copyrights & patents,
Congress’ power I,8 6
Counsel, right to A6 22
Counterfeiting, Congress’
power to punish I,8 6
Courts (see Judiciary)
Criminal proceedings, rights of
accused A5;A6 22
Currency, Congress’ power I,8 6
Defense, Congress’ power I,8 6
District of Columbia I,8;A23 7,31
Double jeopardy A5 22
Due process of law A5;A14,1 22,25–16
Electoral College II,1;A12;A23 9–11,24–25
31–32
Equal protection of laws A14,1 25–26
Equity III,2;A11 13,23
Ex post facto laws I,9–10 8
Extradition of fugitives by states IV,2 14
Fines, excessive A8 23
Foreign affairs, President’s
power II,2 11–12
Foreign commerce, Congress’
power I,8 6
“Full faith and credit” clause IV,1 14
General welfare, Congress’
power I,8 6
Grand jury indictments A5 22
Grievances, redress of A1 21
Habeas corpus I,9 8
House of Representatives
election to & eligibility for I,2 1
members’ terms of office I,2;I,6 1,4
Speaker of I,2;A24;A25,3–4 2,32–33
special powers
impeachment I,2 2
Presidential elections II,1;A12 9–10,24–25
revenue bills I,7 5
states’ representation in I,2 1–2
vacancles I,2 2
Immunities (see Privileges and
immunities)
Impeachment
officials subject to II,4 12
penalties I,3 3
power of, lodged in House I,2 2
reasons II,4 12
trials, Senate I,3 3
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Article, Section Page
Indians, commerce with,
Congress’ power I,8 6
Inhabitant (see Resident) I,2;I,3 1,3
International law, Congress’
power I,8 6
Inventors I,8 6
Judiciary
inferior courts I,8;III,1 6,12
judicial review III,2 13
jurisdiction III,2 13
nomination & confirmation of
judges II,2 11–12
Supreme Court III,1 12
terms of office &
compensation III,1 12
Jury trials III,2;A6;A7 13,22,23
“Lame duck” amendment A20 29
Liquor A18;A21 28,30
Marque and reprisal, letters of I,8,10 6,8
Men (see Persons)
Militia (Military) A2;A5 21,22
congressional powers I,8 7
presidential powers II,2 11–12
Money I,8 6
National debt VI 15–16
Native Americans (see Indians)
Naturalization I,8 6
Navy I,8;II,2 7,11
“Necessary and proper” clause I,8 7
Nominate II,2;A25 11,32
Oath of office, federal and state II,1;VI 11,16
Original Jurisdiction III,2 13
Pardons and reprieves,
President’s power II,2 11
People, powers reserved to A10 23
Persons A14 25–26
Petition the government,
right to A1 21
“Pocket veto” I,7 5
Poll tax, prohibition A24,1 32
Post offices & roads, Congress’
power I,8 6
Presidency, succession to II,1;A20;A25 10–11,29–30
President 32–33
disability A25,3 32–33
election II,1;A12;A22 9–10,24–25,
A23 31,31–32
eligibility for office II,1 10
legislation, role in I,7 5
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Article, Section Page
President—Continued
oath of office II,1 11
powers & duties II,2–3 11–12
term of office & compensation II,1 9–11
Press, freedom of A1 21
Privileges and immunities (of
citizens) IV,2;A14,1 14,25–26
Prohibition A18;A21 28,30
Property, taking for public use A5 22
Punishments, cruel and
unusual A8 23
Race A15 27
Ratification of Constitution V;VII 15,16
Religion, freedom of A1 21
Religious oaths VI 16
Resident (see Inhabitant) II,1 10
Search and seizure A4 22
Seas, Congress’ power I,8 6
Secrecy I,5 4
Self-incrimination A5 22
Senate
election to & eligibility for I,3 3
equal representation of states V 15
officers I,3 3
President of I,3;A12 3,24–25
President of, pro tempore I,3;A25,3–4 3,32–33
special powers
impeachment trials I,3 3
Presidential appointments II,2 11–12
treaties II,2 11–12
terms of office I,3;I,6 2,4
vacancies A17 27–28
Slavery, prohibition A13;A14,4 25,26–27
Soldiers, quartering of A3 21
Speech, freedom of A1 21
Spending, Congress’ power I,8 6
State of Union message II,3 12
States and federal elections I,4 3
formation & admission to Union IV,3 14
powers requiring consent of Congress I,10 8–9
powers reserved to A10 23
protection against invasion, violence IV,4 15
republican form of government guaranteed IV,4 15
suits against III,2;A11 13,23–24

Articles, Section Page
Sundays I,7 5
Supreme law of the land
(Constitution) VI 15–16
Taxing power, in general I,7–8 5–6
direct taxes prohibited I,9 8
income taxes permitted A16 27
Territories IV,3 14–15
Titles of nobility I,9 8
Treason III,3 13
Treaty(ies) I,10;II,2; 8,11,13;III,2;VI 15–16
Trial I,3;III,2; 3,13,22,23 A6;A7
Veto, President’s power I,7 5
Vice-Presidency, succession to A20;A25 29–30,32–33
Vice-President conditions for assuming Presidency II,1;A20;A25 10,29–30 32–33
declaring President disabled, role in A25,4 33
Senate, role in I,3;A12 3,24–25
term of office II,1 9
Voting rights A14;A24 25–27,32
blacks, former slaves A15,1 27
eighteen-years-old A26 34
women A19 29
War powers (see Congress, declaring, war powers; President, powers & duties; States, protection against invasion)
Warrants A4 22 Weights and measures standards of I,8 6
Women (see Persons)
“. . . a constitution, intended to
endure for ages to come, and
consequently, to be adapted to the
various crises of human affairs.’’
John Marshall
At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention,
Benjamin Franklin was asked,
“What have you wrought?”
He answered,
“. . . a Republic, if you can keep it.”