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Bill of Rights and Amendments

- How and why do amendments become part of the Constitution?

- What problems with the original document motivated the adoption of the Bill of Rights?

- What have been the effects of the Bill of Rights?

- What problems with the original document, or changes in society, led to later amendments? Choose one of the following groups to discuss:

o Thirteenth through Fifteenth Amendments
o Seventeenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-Third, Twenty-Fourth, and Twenty-Sixth Amendments
o Twelfth, Twenty-Second, and Twenty-Fifth Amendments

- What have been the effects of these later amendments?

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How and why do amendments become part of the Constitution?

Amendments become part of the Constitution either by a) the calling of a new Convention or b) the acceptance of the amendment by 2/3 of the states. The Constitution has been amended for several reasons, but the most general one is that new issues come up that threaten the fabric of the society (think of slavery (amendment 13; or widespread alcoholism, amendment 18 (repealed later)) that require the Constitution to be moderately changed to accept new legislative proposals.

To settle the possibility of a disputed succession of a president who is assassinated or resigned, the 25th amendment was passed in 1965 (2 years after JFK's murder) that guaranteed that the Vice President will always succeed the assassinated president.

What problems with the original document motivated the adoption of the Bill of Rights?

The big issue here goes back to the Convention debates themselves. The Constitution, without the BOR, has little in terms of guarantees of rights. The argument of the Federalist movement was that since the ...

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The bill of rights and amendments are examined.

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