SUMMARY OF THE CONSTITUTION

 

Article I
Section 1 (Legislative Powers; in whom vested)
Section 2 (House of Representatives, How and by whom chosen. Qualifications of a Representative. Representatives and direct taxes, how apportioned. Enumeration. Vacancies to be filled. Power of choosing officers, and of impeachment)
Section 3 (Senators, how and by whom chosen. How classified. Qualifications of a Senator. President of the Senate, his right to vote. President pro tempore, and other officers of the Senate, how chosen. Power to try impeachments. When President is tried, Chief Justice to preside. Sentence)
Section 4 (Times, etc., of holding elections, how prescribed. One session each year)
Section 5 (Membership, quorum, adjournments, rules. Power to punish or expel. Journal. Time of adjournments, how limited, etc.)
Section 6 (Compensation, privileges, disqualifications in certain cases)
Section 7 (House to originate all revenue bills. Veto. Bill may be passed by two-thirds of each house, notwithstanding, etc. Bill, not returned in ten days, to become a law. Provisions as to orders, concurrent resolutions, etc.)
Section 8 (Powers of Congress)
Section 9 (Provision as to migration or importation of certain persons. Habeas corpus, bills of attainder, etc. Taxes, how apportioned. No export duty. No commercial preference. Money, how drawnfrom Treasury, etc. No titular nobility. Officers not to receive presents, etc.)
Section 10 (States prohibited from the exercise of certain powers)


Article II
Section 1 (President: his term of office. Electors of President; number and how appointed. Electors to vote on same day. Qualifications of President. On whom his duties devolve in case of his removal, death, etc. President's compensation. His oath of office)
Section 2 (President to be Commander-in-Chief. He may require opinions of cabinet officers, etc., may pardon. Treaty-making power. Nomination of certain officers. When President may fill vacancies)
Section 3 (President shall communicate to Congress. He may convene and adjourn Congress, in case of disagreement, etc. Shall receive ambassadors, execute laws, and commission officers)
Section 4 (All civil offices forfeited for certain crimes)


Article III
Section 1 (Judicial powers, Tenure. Compensation)
Section 2 (Judicial power; to what cases it extends. Original jurisdiction of Supreme Court; appellate jurisdiction. Trial by jury, etc. Trial, where)
Section 3 (Treason Defined, proof of, Punishment of)


Article IV
Section 1 (Each State to give credit to the public acts, etc., of every other State)
Section 2 (Privileges of citizens of each State. Fugitives from justice to be delivered up. Persons held to service having escaped, to be delivered up)
Section 3 (Admission of new States. Power of Congress over territory and other property)
Section 4 (Republican form of government guaranteed. Each state to be protected)


Article V
(Constitution: how amended; proviso)


Article VI
(Certain debts, etc., declared valid. Supremacy of Constitution, treaties, and laws of the United States. Oath to support Constitution, by whom taken. No religious test)


Article VII
(What ratification shall establish Constitution)

Original Amendments -- Bill of Rights

Amendment 1 (Religious establishment prohibited. Freedom of speech, of the press, and right to petition)
Amendment 2 (Right to keep and bear arms)
Amendment 3 (Conditions for quarters for soldiers)
Amendment 4 (Right of search and seizure regulated)
Amendment 5 (Provisions concerning prosecution. Trial and punishment -- private property not to be taken for public use without compensation)
Amendment 6 (Right to speedy trial, witness, etc.)
Amendment 7 (Right of trial by jury)
Amendment 8 (Excessive bail or fines and cruel punishment prohibited)
Amendment 9 (Rule of construction of Constitution)
Amendment 10 (Rights of States under Constitution)

Other Amendments

11th Amendment (Judicial powers construed)
12th Amendment (Manner of choosing President and Vice-President)
13th Amendment (Slavery Abolished)
14th Amendment (Citizenship rights not to be abridged)
15th Amendment (Race no bar to voting rights)
16th Amendment (Income taxes authorized)
17th Amendment (United States Senators to be elected by direct popular vote)
18th Amendment (Liquor prohibition amendment)
19th Amendment (Giving nationwide suffrage to women)
20th Amendment (Terms of President and Vice-President to begin on January 20; Those of Senators, Representatives, January 3)
21st Amendment (Repeal of the 18th Amendment)
22d Amendment (Limiting Presidential terms of office)
23rd Amendment (Presidential vote for District of Columbia)
24th Amendment (Barring poll tax in federal elections)
25th Amendment (Presidential disability and succession)
26th Amendment (Lowering voting age to 18 years)
27th Amendment (Congressional Pay; Congress may not accept a change in its compensation until a new election has occurred)

 

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