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Introduction Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Signing the Constitution Ratifying the Constitution Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

 


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Ratifying the Constitution Signing the Constitution Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

Amendments

Listed below are the rest of the Amendments that have been made so far to the Constitution. Below this list are brief descriptions of what those Amendments are about, in scrambled order. Read a copy of the Amendment section of the Constitution. Print this scrambler and match the Amendment number with its definition.

___________ Repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, but allowed states that wanted, to keep it
   
___________ Described rights of citizens, representation and voting, and defined the obligation of oath takers and Civil War debts.
   
___________ Says no one may be kept from voting because of non-payment of a tax
   
___________ Abolished slavery
   
___________ Gave the vote to citizens 18 and older
   
___________ Gave women the right to vote
   
___________ Limited the length of presidential term
   
___________ Changed how senators are elected
   
___________ Provided for succession to the presidency and presidential disability
   
___________ Gave everyone otherwise eligible the right to vote, regardless of race
   
___________ Changed the dates of the President and Vice Presidents' term in office
   
___________ Would not allow alcohol to be made or sold
   
___________ Gave people who live in Washington, D.C. the right to vote in presidential elections
   
___________ Explained what kind of cases federal courts could try
   
___________ Established the income tax
   
___________ Changed how the Electoral College voted
   
___________ Congressional members may not raise their own salaries

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The Constitution was written before parties were a player in American politics. When John Adams was chosen for President in the 1796 election, the second-place candidate, Thomas Jefferson, became Vice President. Adams was a Federalist and Jefferson was a Democratic-Republican. The two clashed several times during Adams's presidency, though Adams's conflicts with Hamilton, a Federalist, too, probably caused Adams more concern.

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Projects You Can Do

Hold a town meeting to discuss the Edwardsville ordinance. Role-play residents for and against the ban, the American Civil Liberties Union, and members of the city council, business community, and "Edwardsville Beautification Society." Testify before the pretend city council on the pros and cons of keeping the law as it is. Those acting as city council members should question those testifying and then make a decision about the ordinance. Make signs supporting your decisions.

Form groups of four to five people. Draft a new law regulating signs that will further the interests of Edwardsville (for example, signs that protect the beauty of the community and maintain real estate values), and at the same time, insure First Amendment rights.

Compose a dissenting opinion.

Discuss reasons why commercial speech (such as advertisements) has been given less protection under the First Amendment than noncommercial speech (such as political or social signs).

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