Bill of Rights

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Bill Of Rights Assignment Week 3

Constitution HIS/301

Instructor James Newman Alan L. Olsen February 11th 2012

University of Phoenix

Introduction

According to Article V of the United States Constitution, when two thirds vote of Congress or State Legislature’s an amendment can be passed. Amendments are ratified by providing 3/4 of the votes in the Federal or State Legislature’s. When the Constitution was designed by the Framers, they realized that it was not necessarily an absolute law. They knew that future generations wanted to make changes and they wanted to make sure that the process was relatively smooth. That is why they added an
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Signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it proclaimed that all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." (Belz) The 14th amendment was designed to make sure former slaves were recognized and given American citizenship. They would be considered as United States citizens and given the same rights and privileges. "Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country." (Elbel) This was adopted in 1868. This was done to provide and protect the rights of slave babies born in Americans who otherwise would have been denied. In 1868 the United States did not have an effective or concise immigration policy.

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