5. When the Constitution was ratified,
many people were concerned that it did not protect certain freedoms
and rights. Soon after, ten amendments (also called changes)
were added to the Constitution that guaranteed them. What were these
10. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President
Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, declared the freedom slaves
in the United States. Which amendment to the Constitution actually
made slavery illegal?
Many people believe that their most
important rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment. These"First
Amendment freedoms," as they are often called, are the
freedoms of religion, speech, and press, as well as the right
of the people to assemble and to petition a government.
Question to think about:
Which of the amendments in the Bill of Rights do you think
is most important?