There have been 27 amendments to the Constitution, beginning with the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments, ratified December 15, 1791 and they make up the Bill of Rights document we will learn more about later.
The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments guarantee essential rights and civil liberties, such as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, the right to freedom of the press, the right to redress your government for grievances, the right to bear arms, trial by jury, and more, as well as reserving rights to the people and the states. After the Constitutional Convention, the absence of a bill of rights emerged as a central part of the ratification debates. Anti-Federalists, who opposed ratification, pointed to the missing bill of rights as a fatal flaw. Several states ratified the Constitution on the condition that a bill of rights be promptly added.
BILL OF RIGHTS
Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition
Right to Bear Arms
Quartering of Soldiers
Search and Seizure
Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self Incrimination, Due Process, Takings
Right to Speedy Trial by Jury, Witnesses, Counsel
Jury Trial in Civil Lawsuits
Excessive Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Non-Enumerated Rights Retained by People
Rights Reserved to States or People