Sources and Documents Illustrating the American Revolution, 1764-1788, and the Formation of the Federal Constitution

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APPENDIX
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, WITH DATES OF ADOPTION

ARTICLE I, 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.


ARTICLE II, 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.


ARTICLE III, 1791

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


ARTICLE IV, 1791

The right of the people to be secure in their 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 person or things to be seized.


ARTICLE V, 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 be 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 or life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

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