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Constitution of the United States of America

ratified by requisite 9 states June 21 1788, ratified by all 13 states May 29 1790

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 1, Section 1  more

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.

Article 1, Section 2

1. 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.

2. No person shall be a representative who shall not 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.

3. 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 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 a 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, Georgia three.

4. When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.

5. The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.

Article 1, Section 3

1. 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.

2. 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 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 meeting of the legislature, which shall then fill such vacancies.

3. 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.

4. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

5. The Senate shall choose 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Article 1, Section 4

1. 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 choosing Senators.

2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

Article 1, Section 5  more

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Article 1, Section 6

1. 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.

2. No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to 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.

Article 1, Section 7  more

1. 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.

2. Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become 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.

3. 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 repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill.

Article 1, Section 8  more

The Congress shall have the power

1. to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
2. to borrow money on the credit of the United States;
3. to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
4. to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
5. to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
6. to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
7. to establish post offices and post roads;
8. 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;
9. to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
10. to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
11. to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
12. to raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
13. to provide and maintain a navy;
14. to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
15. to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
16. 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;
17. 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, dockyards, and other needful buildings; and
18. 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.

Article 1, Section 9  more

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.

4. No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

5. No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state.

6. 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.

7. No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.

8. 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.

Article 1, Section 10  more

1. No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything 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.

2. 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 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 control of the Congress.

3. 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 2, Section 1  more

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:

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 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.

7. 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.

8. 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."

Article 2, Section 2  more

1. 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.

2. 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 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.

3. 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.

Article 2, 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.

Article 2, 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 3, 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 Court and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, as stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, whcih shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

Article 3, Section 2  more

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Article 3, Section 3

1. 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.

2. 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 attainted.

 

Article 4, 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.

Article 4, Section 2

1. The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States.

2. 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.

3. No person held to service or labor 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 labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.

Article 4, Section 3

1. New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new States 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.

2. 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 claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Article 4, 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 5  more

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 its equal suffrage in the Senate.

 

Article 6

1. 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.

2. 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, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

3. 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 7

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–
George Washington - President and deputy from Virginia
New Hampshire: John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
Massachusetts: Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
Connecticut: William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman
New York: Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey: William Livingston, David Brearly, William Paterson, Jonathon Dayton
Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Thomas FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv Morris
Delaware: George Read, Gunning Bedford Jr., John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jaco. Broom
Maryland: James McHenry, Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll
Virginia: John Blair, James Madison Jr.
North Carolina: William Blount, Richrad Dobbs Spaight, Hu Williamson
South Carolina: J. Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler
Georgia: William Few, Abr Baldwin

Articles in addition to, and amendment of, the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by legislatures of the several States pursuant to the fifth article of the original Constitiution.

 

Amendments

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1st Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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.

2nd Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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.

3rd Amendment

ratified Dec 15 1791

No soldier shall, in times of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in manner prescribed by law.

4th Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

The right of the people to be secure in the 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.

5th Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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 offense to 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.

6th Amendement  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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 witness in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

7th Amendement

ratified Dec 15 1791

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right to trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.

8th Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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

9th Amendement  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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

10th Amendment  more

ratified Dec 15 1791

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.

11th Amendment  more

ratified Mar 4 1794

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 United States by citizens of another State, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign State.

12th Amendment

ratified June 15 1804

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 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.

13th Amendment

ratified Dec 6 1865

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.

14th Amendment  more

ratified July 9 1868

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 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.

15th Amendment

ratified Feb 3 1870

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.

16th Amendment  more

ratified Feb 3 1913

The Congress shall have the 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.

17th Amendment  more

ratified Apr 8 1913

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 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.

18th Amendment

ratified Jan 16 1919

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation 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.

19th Amendment

ratified Aug 18 1920

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.

20th Amendment

ratified Jan 23 1933

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 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 three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission.

21st Amendment  more

ratified Dec 5 1933

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.

22nd Amendment

ratified Feb 27 1951

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 three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

23rd Amendment

ratified Mar 29 1961

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 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.

24th Amendment

ratified Jan 23 1964

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.

25th Amendment

ratified Feb 10 1967

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 written 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.

26th Amendment

ratified July 1 1971

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

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

27th Amendment

ratified May 7 1992

No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

 

 

Constitution of the United States Related

also see Article 1 Section 1, Article 1 Section 5, Article 1 Section 8, Article 1 Section 9, Article 1 Section 10, Article 2 Section 2, Article 3 Section 2, Article 5, Article 6, Bill of Rights, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 21st Amendment Related

Constitution of the United States Related Organizations & Websites
America Ready To Restore Our Constitution
American Constitution Society
Bill of Rights Institute
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Constitutional Studies
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Individual Freedom Foundation
Center for Individual Rights
Center for Judicial Studies
Committee to Restore the Constitution
Constitution Society
Constitutional Accountability Center
Constitutional Loyalists (defunct?)
Constitutional Revival
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County
Constitutionists' Networking Center
Cornell Law School
Federalist Society
Federalist Society at the University of Michigan Law School
Give Me Liberty
Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration
Legal Information Institute
Liberty Coalition
Mount Vernon Institute
National Center for Constitutional Studies
National Constitution Center
Patriots for a Constitutional America (defunct?)
People For the American Way
US Constitution Online
US Constitution Resource Center
United States National Archives and Records Administration
We the People
We The People Congress Inc
We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, Inc

Constitution of the United States Articles
"Final Word on U.S. Law Isn't: Supreme Court Keeps Editing" by Adam Liptak, May 24 2014
"Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power" by Kenneth R Thomas, Sept 23 2013
"A Bibliography for Researching Original Understanding" by Robert G Natelson, Sept 12 2010

Constitution of the United States Books
American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution by Garrett Epps, 2013
Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle of Our Constitution and Democracy by Bruce Fein
How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution by Richard A Epstein
On Constitutional Disobedience by Louis Michael Seidman, 2012
Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty by Randy E Barnett, 2004, 2005, updated 2013
Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution by John Paul Stevens, 2014
The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land by Andrew P Napolitano, 2007
The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan
The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic by Mark R Levin, 2013
The Original Constitution: What it Really Said and Meant by Robert G Natelson
The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution by Marcia Coyle, 2013?
Your Nation To Save: A Line-By-Line Explanation of the US Constitution by Shane F Krauser, 2012

 

Article 1 Section 1

Article 1 Section 1 Articles
"Congressís Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure" by Todd Garvey, Alissa M Dolan

 

Article 1 Section 5

Article 1 Section 5 Articles
"Secret Sessions of the House and Senate: Authority, Confidentiality, and Frequency" by Christopher M Davis, Mar 15 2013
"The Amending Process in the Senate" by Christopher M Davis, Mar 15 2013

 

Article 1 Section 7

Article 1 Section 7 Articles
"Affordable Care Act Is Likely Unconstitutional" by Barry Elias, Dec 20 2013
"40 GOP House Members Join Lawsuit That Could Give Justice Roberts An Obamacare 'Do Over' " by Michael Patrick Leahy, Nov 20 2013

 

Article 1 Section 8

Article 1 Section 8 Articles
"Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power" by Kenneth R Thomas, Sept 23 2013
"Obama And Biden Have Said Military Action Without Congressional Approval Is Unconstitutional" by Andrew Kaczynski, Aug 27 2013
"Supreme Court rules human genes may not be patented" by Robert Barnes, June 13 2013
"The Slow Death of the American Author" by Scott Turow, Apr 8 2013
"State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues" by Todd Garvey, Brian T Yeh, Apr 5 2013
"State Taxation of Internet Transactions" by Steven Maguire, updated Apr 19 2013, June 7 2011
"Bond v. United States: Validity and Construction of the Federal Chemical Weapons Statute" by Charles Doyle, Feb 21 2013
"Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications" by Jennifer K Elsea, Matthew C Weed, Jan 11 2013
"Taxing Power Gives Government Total Control" by Maureen Martin, June 29 2012
"The Original Meaning of the Necessary and Proper Clause" by Randy E Barnett, Jan 2003

Article 1 Section 8 Books
A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case edited by Trevor Burrus, by Randy E Barnett, Jonathan H Adler, David E Bernstein, Orin S Kerr, 2013
The Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause by Robert G Natelson, 2010
Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare by Josh Blackman, 2013

 

Article 1 Section 9

Article 1 Section 9 Articles
"Detention of U.S. Persons as Enemy Belligerents" by Jennifer K Elsea, Feb 1 2012, revised July 25 2013
"The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2012: Detainee Matters" by Jennifer K Elsea, Michael John Garcia

Article 1 Section 9 Books
The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror by Anthony Gregory, 2013

 

Article 1 Section 10

Article 1 Section 10 Related Organizations
Competitive Governance Action

Article 1 Section 10 Articles
"Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far" by Greg Richter, Mar 17 2014
"State Taxation of Internet Transactions" by Steven Maguire, updated Apr 19 2013, June 7 2011
"When Congressional Legislation Interferes with Existing Contracts: Legal Issues" by Robert Meltz, May 31 2012

Article 1 Section 10 Books
Takings Law and the Contract Clause: A Takings Law Approach to Legislative Modifications of Public Contracts by Zigler

 

Article 2

Article 2 Related Articles
"Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far" by Greg Richter, Mar 17 2014

Article 2 Related Books
Emergency Presidential Power: From The Drafting of the Constitution To The War on Terror by Chris Edelson, Louis Fisher, 2013

 

Article 2 Section 2

Article 2 Section 2 Related Organizations
Committee for Constitutional Treaties

Article 2 Section 2 Articles
"Bond v. United States: Validity and Construction of the Federal Chemical Weapons Statute" by Charles Doyle, Feb 21 2013

 

Article 3 Section 2

Article 3 Section 2 Articles
"Foreign Surveillance and the Future of Standing to Sue Post-Clapper" by Andrew Nolan, July 10 2013

 

Article 5

Article 5 Related Organizations
Americans For Fair Taxation
Americans for Limited Government
Citizens Flag Alliance Inc
Citizens for Self-Governance
Coalition to Repeal the 16th Amendment
Competitive Governance Action
Constitutionalists United Against a Constitutional Convention
Convention of States Project
FlagAmendment.org
Friends of the Article V Convention
Tea Party Patriots

Article 5 Articles
"The Proposed Equal Rights Amendment: Contemporary Ratification Issues" by Thomas H Neale, Feb 28 2013
"Why Time Limits on the Ratification of Constitutional Amendments Violate Article V" by Mason Kalfus, Spring 1999

 

Article 6

Article 6 Articles
"Supreme Court: Arizona law requiring citizenship proof for voters is illegal" by Associated Press, June 17 2013
"State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues" by Todd Garvey, Brian T Yeh, Apr 5 2013

 

Bill of Rights

also see 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th Amendment Related

Bill of Rights Related Organizations
Ann Arbor Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Bill of Rights Foundation
Bill of Rights Institute
Bill of Rights Society
Citizens For the Bill of Rights
Monroe County Bill of Rights Defense Committee (defunct?)
Mount Vernon Institute
United States National Archives and Records Administration
Veterans Defending the Bill of Rights

 

1st Amendment

also see Broadcasting Liberty, Censorship Liberation, Government Religion Liberation, Press Liberty, Speech Liberty

1st Amendment Related Organizations & Websites
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Rights Union
American Library Association
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Individual Freedom Foundation
First Amendment Center
First Amendment Cyber-Tribune
First Amendment Lawyers Association
First Amendment Project
First Amendment Task Force
First Freedom Center
Five Freedoms Project
Freedom Forum
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Institute for First Amendment Studies (defunct)
Playboy Foundation
Religious Movements Homepage Project
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

1st Amendment Articles
"A Fox News Journalist Wonít Go To Jail For Protecting Her Sources" by Jim Dalrymple II, May 27 2014
"Court Declares That, Yes, Bloggers Are Media" by Mike Masnick, Apr 16 2014
"Judge: Flashing Headlights To Warn of Speedtraps Is Protected by the First Amendment" by J D Tuccille, Feb 4 2014
"New York Court Wonít Order Fox Reporter to Testify, Shoring Up State Shield Law" by Leslie Kaufman, Dec 10 2013
"Jeff Olson Faces 13 Years in Jail for Writing Anti-Bank Messages in Chalk" by Michael Allen, June 26 2013
"Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment" by Craig Timberg, Cecilia Kang, June 18 2013
"Free Speech Aboard the Leaky Ship of State: Calibrating First Amendment Protections for Leakers of Classified Information" by Heidi Kitrosser, Apr 11 2013
"Court rejects San Antonio student's First Amendment appeal over forced tracking chips" by Eric Owens, Jan 22 2013
"Intelligence Identities Protection Act" by Jennifer K Elsea, Jan 28 2011

1st Amendment Books
Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R Stone
Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy by Susan N Herman
The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash That Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine by Steven K Green, 2012
The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial by Scott Martelle
The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind–and Changed the History of Free Speech in America by Thomas Healy, 2013

 

2nd Amendment

2nd Amendment Related Organizations & Websites
American Civil Rights Union
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Individual Freedom Foundation
Citizens to Preserve the Second Amendment
Democrats for the Second Amendment
Law Enforcement for the Preservation of the Second Amendment
Lawyer's Second Amendment Society, Inc
Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus
Second Amendment Committee
Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment is For Everyone
Second Amendment Law Library
Second Amendment Police Department
Second Amendment Project
Second Amendment Sisters, Inc
2nd Enforcers
2ndamendment.net
Students for the Second Amendment

2nd Amendment Articles
"Justice delayed is justice denied – Appeal for decision on D.C.'s gun carry-rights ban" by Emily Miller, Oct 23 2013
"Illinois Supreme Court declares state's ban on carrying firearms unconstitutional" by National Rifle Association, Sept 14 2013
"22 States join the NRA in Supreme Court fight for the Second Amendment rights of young adults" by National Rifle Association, Sept 7 2013
"Texas: Key Pro-Second Amendment law changes to take effect September 1" by National Rifle Association, Aug 30 2013

2nd Amendment Books
Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy by Nicholas J Johnson, David Kopel, George A Mocsary, Michael P O'Shea, 2012
Gun Ownership: A Constitutional Right by Alan Merril Gottlieb
Gun Rights Affirmed: The Emerson Case by Alan Merril Gottlieb
Gun Rights Fact Book by Alan Merril Gottlieb
Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment by Craig Whitney, 2012
More Things You Can Do To Defend Your Gun Rights by Alan Merril Gottlieb, David B Kopel
That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right by Stephen P Halbrook, 1984, 1994, 2013
The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P Halbrook
The Rights of Gun Owners by Alan Merril Gottlieb
Things You Can Do To Defend Gun Rights by Alan Merril Gottlieb, David B Kopel

 

4th Amendment

4th Amendment Related Organizations & Websites
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
American Civil Liberties Union
American Freedom Agenda
American Library Association
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Business Software Alliance
Campaign for Liberty
Center for Democracy and Technology
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Computer and Communications Industry Association
Constitution Project
Consumer Action
Digital Due Process Coalition
Distributed Computing Industry Association
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Flex Your Rights Foundation
FourthAmendment.com
FreedomWorks, Future of Privacy Forum, Google
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Liberty Coalition
National Workrights Institute
NetCoalition
Newspaper Association of America
Restore the Fourth
Rutherford Institute
Software and Information Industry Association
Stop the National Wiretap Plan
TRUSTe!
TechFreedom
Telecommunications Industry Association

4th Amendment Articles
"Supreme Court: Warrants needed for cellphone searches after arrests" by Associated Press, June 25 2014
"Court to rule on cellphone privacy" by Lyle Denniston, Jan 17 2014
"Judge: NSAís collecting of phone records is probably unconstitutional" by Ellen Nakashima, Ann E Marimow, Washington Post, Dec 16 2013
"Unwarranted: Backdoor border search rule raises concerns" by Brendon Boredlon, Sept 13 2013
"Judge Rules Cops Can Temporarily Confiscate Firearms for 'Officer Safety' " by Dabney Baily, July 31 2013
"Constitutional Analysis of Suspicionless Drug Testing Requirements for the Receipt of Governmental Benefits" by David H Carpenter, July 1 2013
"Slaton police arrest woman after request to see warrant" by Bailey Miller, June 12 2013
"Supreme Court Upholds Warrantless Collection Of DNA" by Mark Memmott, June 3 2013
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Terrorism Investigations" by Jerome P Bjelopera, Apr 24 2013
"Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses" by Richard M Thompson II, Apr 3 2013
"A Review of Intelligence Oversight Failure: NSA Programs that Affected Americans" by Dave Owen, Oct-Dec 2012
"Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues" by Edward C Liu, Gina Stevens, Kathleen Anne Ruane, Aliisa M Dolan, Richard M Thompson II
"Governmental Tracking of Cell Phones and Vehicles: The Confluence of Privacy, Technology, and Law" by Richard M Thompson
"Law Enforcement Use of Global Positioning (GPS) Devices to Monitor Motor Vehicles: Fourth Amendment Considerations" by Alison M Smith
"30, including professor Cornel West, arrested outside NYC police station in stop-frisk protest" by Associated Press
"Warrantless, Police-Triggered Exigent Searches: Kentucky v. King in the Supreme Court" by Charles Doyle

4th Amendment Books
Real World Search & Seizure: A Street Handbook for Law Enforcement by Matthew J Medina
Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy by Susan N Herman
The Search and Seizure Handbook by David M Waksman, Debbie J Goodman

4th Amendment Documentaries
BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters by Steven Silverman
10 Rules for Dealing with Police
The War on Weed by Vanguard with Christof Putzel

4th Amendment Events
Stop Watching Us Rally

 

5th Amendment

5th Amendment Related Organizations
Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom

5th Amendment Articles
"One grower's grapes of wrath" by David A Fahrenthold, July 7 2013
"Terrorism, Miranda, and Related Matters" by Charles Doyle, Apr 24 2013
"The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Claims of Property Rights 'Takings' " by Robert Meltz, Jan 7 2013

5th Amendment Books
Takings Law and the Contract Clause: A Takings Law Approach to Legislative Modifications of Public Contracts by Zigler

 

6th Amendment

6th Amendment Articles
"U.S. Supreme Court Decides Alleyne v. United States: Only Jury Can Find Facts that Trigger Mandatory Minimums" by Monica Pratt Raffanel, June 17 2013

6th Amendment Books
Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People's Justice by Karen Houppert, 2013
The Right to Counsel: From Gideon V. Wainwright to Gideon's Trumpet by Lisa A Wroble, 2009

 

8th Amendment

8th Amendment Articles
"S&P Calls Federal Lawsuit 'Retaliation' for US Downgrade" by Reuters, Sept 4 2013

 

9th Amendment

9th Amendment Articles
"Kurt Lash's Majoritarian Difficulty: A Response to a Textual-Historical Theory of the Ninth Amendment" by Randy E Barnett, Jan 2008
The Golden Mean Between Kurt & Dan: A Moderate Reading of the Ninth Amendment by Randy E Barnett, Jan 2008
"Who's Afraid of Unenumerated Rights?" by Randy E Barnett, Jan 2006

 

10th Amendment

10th Amendment Related Organizations
American Civil Rights Union
Center for Tenth Amendment Studies
Foundation For A Free Society
Freedom Action National Conference
Libertas Institute
Memphis Tea Party
Mid-America Freedoms Network (defunct?)
Tenth Amendment Center
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Think Progress

10th Amendment Activists
Boldin, Michael
Loyola, Mario
Rink, Jason

10th Amendment Articles
"Sheldon Adelson And Rick Perry's Fair-Weather Federalism" by Jerry Rogers, June 24 2014
"Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power" by Kenneth R Thomas, Sept 23 2013
"Bond v. United States: Validity and Construction of the Federal Chemical Weapons Statute" by Charles Doyle, Feb 21 2013

10th Amendment Books
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas E Woods
Power Divided is Power Checked: The Argument for States Rights by Jason Lewis

10th Amendment Documentaries
Nullification: The Rightful Remedy directed and produced by Jason Rink

 

11th Amendment

11th Amendment Articles
"Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power" by Kenneth R Thomas, Sept 23 2013

 

14th Amendment

14th Amendment Articles
"Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power" by Kenneth R Thomas, Sept 23 2013

14th Amendment Books
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans by Dale Carpenter

 

16th Amendment

16th Amendment Related Organizations
Americans For Fair Taxation
Americans for Limited Government
Coalition to Repeal the 16th Amendment
Competitive Governance Action
Tea Party Patriots

16th Amendment Books
The Law That Never Was by William J Benson

 

17th Amendment

17th Amendment Related Organizations & Websites
Veterans for Constitutional Restoration, Inc

 

21st Amendment

21st Amendment Events
Repeal Day