Bill of Rights and Amendments

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Bill of Rights and Amendments Bill of Rights and Amendments The United States Constitution was recognized to Americans as a vague statement in clarifying the privileges and the rights of individuals and centralizing the power within the government itself. With the passing of the Bill of Rights and the first ten amendments, it grants the people to what is said to be their “natural rights” following additional rights that have significantly changed our society. Amendments and Constitution According to the Constitution, an amendment may be proposed and be presented, where it is put to a two thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The original article is then forwarded for processing and…show more content…
It was sent to Congress to be authorized and to enact the appropriate legislations. The House of Representatives vote to propose the 13th Amendment followed the Senate vote, and essentially made the two thirds majority vote (13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, 2010). Quickly after the ratification by the states it was proclaimed an amendment and adopted in 1865. Unlike most provisions in the Constitution, this amendment was self-executing, that even without action of Congress, to demeanor by secluded individuals. The success and the approval by the necessary three-quarters of U.S states, the 14th Amendment guaranteed to the newly freed slaves protection and citizenship along with all its privileges. This amendment resolved any pre-Civil War concerns of the African American community’s citizenship by stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside” (Primary Documents of American History, 2011). This amendment also reinsured that they had the equal rights and privileges of the rest of the citizens, and granted all these citizens the “equal protection of the laws” (Primary Documents of American History, 2011). In the wake of the passage of the 13th and 14th amendment, the 15th amendment gave “the right of citizens of the United States to vote and
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