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On this day in 1803, the Supreme Court granted itself power over Congress and the people in the Marbury vs. Madison case.

The decision in this Supreme Court Case established the right of the courts to determine the constitutionality of the actions of the other two branches of government.

(photo: GeorgiaInfo) 1868 Congress ratified the 14th Amendment granting citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" (Taylor).

The amendment is you cant house soldiers if you dont want to. The government cannot force this during peacetime. This reminds people that they have the right not to house them.

This was the most terrifying compromise made by Lincoln; when Congress passed the 13TH AMENDMENT, it OUTLAWED SLAVERY EVERYWHERE EXCEPT PRISONS. Former slavers who wanted replevin, lobbied states to pass Black Codes, making it easier to reenslave Black people post-emancipation. Chain gangs, convict leasing, three strikes laws, mandatory minimums, for-profit prisons all derive legitimacy from 13th Amend. It's time Congress repeal that language and outlaw slavery everywhere on Earth for good.

The Amendment gave African Americans males the right to vote. Without the vote, the freed slaves would be powerless. By giving them the right to vote, Congress made sure that African American males would have a voice in their government.

The right to a speedy trial throughout the sixth amendment.

The sixth amendment was ratified on December It gives the citizens of the united states the right to a speedy trial, a fair jury, an attorney if they want one, and the chance to confront the defendant of the crime.

The Articles of Confederation

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This is a shorter and much simpler version of the bill of rights. The bill gives the good people of America their individual freedoms. The Bill of rights is apart of the US constitution.

The Bill of Rights was influenced by the Enlightenment because it limits what the government is able to do and protects the basic human rights of the people which is John Locke's idea, who is an Enlightenment thinker.

U.S. Constitution is a Social Studies lesson designed to teach upper elementary students about the historical context in which the document was written, and why we have a Constitution. Students read an original, content-rich informational text about the Constitution. They use information in the text to create two foldables. Students then apply their knowledge to a constructed-response writing prompt in which they must cite their evidence using details in the text.

Constitution ~ Quick Pack is a Social Studies lesson with the objective of helping students understand the historical context of the Declaration of Independence, as well as some important principles within the document.