Basic: United States Constitution and Amendments

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Bill of Rights and Amendments 13, 14, and 15
HIS 301
July 18, 2012
Bill of Rights and Amendments 13, 14, and 15
"The Constitution is the highest law in the United States" (U.S. Constitution, 2010, para. 1). The Constitution is the building block for the United States government, and each law separate from the Constitution is some derivative of the document. The Constitution assisted in creating Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. Over the course of the United States' history many items were added within the Constitution. These items are the amendments and many of them deal with rights of the people, and twenty seven exist within the Constitution with the first 10 as the Bill of Rights (U.S. Constitution). The subject matter within the body of the following paragraphs deal with the Bill of Rights and the thirteenth through fifteenth amendments. The subject begins with amendments and how they become part of the Constitution followed by the birth of the Bill of Rights. The discussion moves toward the effects of the Bill, problems with the original document, and finally the effects of later amendments. The discussion begins with the topic of amendments and their birth within the Constitution. The How and why of the Amendment Process

"The writers of the Constitution were determined through their system of checks and balances to protect liberty from the threat of a too-powerful government" (Patterson, 2009, p. 28). From this premise arose the Constitution, and the accompanying amendments. The ability in amending the United States Constitution is a direct resultant of Article V of the United States Constitution. Two avenues exist for ratifying an Amendment, but only one is the sole method. Each of the 27 Amendments became ratified following two-thirds of the Senate and Houses' approval of each proposal. Then each proposal was put before each state for a three-fourths vote, and with a passing vote each proposal becomes an amendment (Lexis Nexis, 2009)....
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