Although the first ten amendments to the Constitution (known as the Bill of Rights) were the original amendments, they're not necessarily the most important. Although our country is based on ideas of freedoms and fairness, many people in the US continued to lack basic freedoms and were treated very unfairly.
Today, you'll be researching six more very important amendments (to the right), and creating skits that represent their effects in action!
13th Amendment: Outlaws Slavery: Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime
14th Amendment: Citizenship and Equal Protection under the law: Originally gave freed slaves citizenship after the Civil War, but evolved to guarantee that States must give all citizens the rights found in the Bill of Rights.
15th Amendment: Voting rights for all races: After the Civil War, this amendment guaranteed that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
19th Amendment: Women’s Suffrage: Women are given the right to vote.
24th Amendment: Outlaws Poll Taxes: States can no longer force citizens to pay taxes in order to vote.
26th Amendment: Younger voting age: Establishes the right to vote for those age 18 years or older. Before this amendment, the voting age was 21.