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11th Amendment

What is the11th Amendment?
The 11th Amendment is about Judicial Limits.

Summary of the 11th Amendment
Summary: The 11th Amendment
was passed in 1795, during the administration of George Washington, stating that citizens cannot sue states in federal courts.

When was the 11th Amendment passed?
Amendment XI was passed by Congress on March 4, 1794 and ratified on February 7, 1795.

11th Amendment - Judicial Limits
George Washington was the first American President who served in office from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. One of the key events during his presidency was the ratification of the 11th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Amendments 11 - 27

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Cause and Reason for the 11th Amendment
The cause or reason for this addition to the Constitution was to enable Congress to create the judicial system.

11th Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary
The meaning of the words and phrases in the 11th Amendment of the Constitution are explained as follows.

11th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment

"The Judicial power of the United States..."

Explanation & Meaning: The courts of the United States

"...shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State..."

Meaning: Courts do not have the power to make decisions against people of one state against another state

"...or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State."

Meaning: People who live in one state cannot use the national US courts to sue another state.

Courts do not have the power to make decisions against people from another country.

11th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Eleventh Amendment

Amendments 11 - 27
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11th Amendment Text - The Eleventh Amendment
The original full text of the 11th Amendment of the Constitution is as follows.
Note: Article III, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by the 11th amendment.

11th Amendment Text

The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

11thAmendment - Video of the Presidency of George Washington
The article on the 11th Amendment of the Constitution provides the text, definition and history of one of the major achievements of his presidential term in office. The following video will give you additional important facts and dates about the political events experienced by this American President whose presidency spanned from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797.

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