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Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment
Limits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years (i.e., if a Vice President serves not more than one half of a President's term, he or she can be elected to a further tw
Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause
Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with post-Civil War issues
Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government
Allows the federal government to collect income tax
Revises presidential election procedures
Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession
Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy
Asserts the existence of unenumerated rights retained by the people
Protects the right to have a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retai
Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes
Establishes women's suffrage
Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next session of Congress
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Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment
Provides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College
Establishes the official voting age to be 18 years old
Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law
Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime
Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude
Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution
Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote
Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time
Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity
Protects the right to bear arms
Establishes Prohibition of alcohol
Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); known as the 'lame duck amendment'

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