Can You Name All Ten Amendments in the Bill of Rights?
by Joanne Troppello
Do you value the freedom to speak your mind, practice or not practice your own chosen religion, and the free press? Did you know that those freedoms are listed as the first amendment to the Constitution? Can you name all ten amendments that are in the Bill of Rights?
My husband and I recently went on vacation to the Lancaster, PA area and visited the Lancaster History Museum. President James Buchanan’s home, Wheatland, is on this property and we got to tour the beautiful mansion. We have been to many historic buildings and homes, but it was truly interesting to see this home since approximately 80 percent of the home is original and not renovated. The home has been well cared for and it shows. You can find more information about the history museum and Wheatland here.
The museum showcased some interesting art and exhibits, including one of the Bill of Rights. As we toured that exhibit, I was embarrassed to realize that I did not know all ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. After going through the exhibit and driving back home—as this was the final stop on our site seeing tour of the area—my husband and I chatted about how we both felt bad that we could not name all the amendments.
Sure, I remember learning about them in school, but why had I not felt compelled to memorize them and value them more. Because we live in a free country? Because I never thought there was a possibility that they could be taken away from us?
After that experience, I did my homework and created a video to share the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights.
In today’s highly polarized political climate, I feel that it is even more important than ever for all Americans to learn the Bill of Rights, so they can protect themselves. Protect themselves from what? From the possibility of the government growing too big and taking them away. From these rights being infringed upon by the government, some other entity, or person.
Individual states cannot rescind individual amendments since they are part of the Constitution. According to Article V of the Constitution, to repeal a constitutional amendment, a new amendment needs to be “proposed by two-thirds of the House and Senate, or by a constitutional convention.”
The Bill of Rights were ratified in 1789. The Constitution Center reports that according to the Senate historian, there have been approximately 11,699 proposed amendment changes to the Constitution through 2016. The 18th amendment that established Prohibition is the only amendment to have been repealed by the states.
Basically, it is highly unlikely that any constitutional amendment will get repealed. However, how would you know if there was a proposed repeal of any amendment, if you don’t follow politics and don’t even know what rights have been established in the Bill of Rights and amendments in the Constitution. Check out this article from the Constitution Center to learn more about the amendment repeal process and other amendments that have been the subject of repeal discussions.
So, if you value your rights, be sure to watch the video to learn more about these amendments.
Take the #BillOfRightsChallenge to try to learn each one.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.
Are you taking the Bill of Rights Challenge? Tweet me @JoanneTroppello or @PandorasBoxJT with #BillOfRightsChallenge if you are taking the challenge and want to learn these ten amendments?