The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments
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The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments


As our country has grown and changed over
time, the Constitution has also needed to change. When the Constitution was written in 1787,
some representatives believed that it did not strongly protect the rights of the people. So, a few years later, Congress agreed to make
important changes to the Constitution. Changes to the Constitution are called amendments. In 1791 Congress added ten important amendments. These ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights defines some basic rights
of people in the U.S. and limits government power. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights
is very important. The First Amendment protects some of the most
basic liberties for everyone living in the United States. Some First Amendment rights are: Freedom of speech: We are free to think and
say what we believe, even if we disagree with the government. People can talk freely about ideas. Freedom of religion: People can practice any
religion, or choose not to practice a religion. Different religions are part of American life. Freedom of the press: We may explain our ideas
in newspapers, magazines, books, radio, TV and Internet. These cannot be controlled by the government. Over the years, more amendments were added. Today, the Constitution has 27 amendments. The last one was added recently, in 1992. Four amendments were added to give more people
the right to vote. The 15th Amendment gave people of any race
the right to vote. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to
vote. The 24th Amendment said it was illegal to
make people pay a tax to vote. Finally, the 26th Amendment gave 18-year olds
the right to vote. The first 10 amendments are called the Bill
of Rights. These and all the other amendments of the
Constitution protect the rights of the people and help define the government of the United
States.

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