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11-27 Amendments to the Constitution for Kids: 11-27
George Washington was the first President of the United States and served in office from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. The Constitution was adopted during his lifetime and Amendments to the Constitution have continued to be added to improve the government of the United States and the lives and well being of American citizens

11-27 Amendments to the Constitution for Kids
This section contains details of the 11-27 Amendments to the US Constitution. Amendments 1-10 are covered in the 'Bill of Rights'. An article is provided for each of the 11 - 27 amendments to the Constitution which contains a simplified summary of the amendments,  the original text of the Amendments, the cause or reason for their addition to the United States Constitution and a line by line explanation of each of the 11 - 27 amendments together with a simplified meaning and short summary.

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Amendments to the Constitution for Kids: The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 - 10)
The first 10 amendments, referred to as the Bill of Rights,  may be accessed from the following section:

Bill of Rights 1 - 10

Amendments to the Constitution for Kids: Constitutional Amendments 11 - 27
The links provide access to interesting, detailed articles that explain the meanings of the 11 - 27 amendments together with a short, simplified summary of what they actually mean. The simplified summaries of amendments 11 - 27 provide easy, simple information for kids, schools and homework projects.

Amendments to the Constitution for Kids: Amendments 11-27 for kids

11th Amendment Text and Summary

Lawsuits against states

The 11th Amendment (XI) to the Constitution addresses Lawsuits against states and was made in 1795 during the presidency of George Washington stating that citizens cannot sue states in federal courts

12th Amendment Text and Summary

Election of the President and Vice President

The 12th Amendment (XII) to the Constitution deals with Election of the President and Vice President and was made in 1804 changing Presidential election rules in the Constitution.

13th Amendment Text and Summary

Abolition of slavery

The 13th Amendment (XIII) to the Constitution addresses the Abolition of slavery and was ratified in 1865 ending slavery in the United States. One of the most important Amendments to the Constitution.

14th Amendment Text and Summary

Civil Rights

The 14th Amendment (XIV) to the Constitution deals with Civil rights and was ratified in 1868 stating that every person born in the US is a citizen. States must follow due process of law before taking away any citizen's rights or property. Another of the important Amendments to the Constitution.

15th Amendment Text and Summary

Black suffrage

The 15th Amendment (XV) to the Constitution addresses Black suffrage and was ratified in 1870 stating that a citizen's right to vote cannot be taken away because of race, the color of their skin, or because they were previously slaves. 

Amendments to the Constitution for Kids: Amendments 11-27 for kids

Amendments for Kids: 11-27 Amendments to the Constitution
The links provide access to interesting, simplified articles that provide the text and content of each of the 11 - 27 amendments together with a short, simplified summary of what the amendments to the Constitution really mean.

Amendments for Kids: Amendments 11-27 for kids

16th Amendment Text and Summary

Income taxes

The 16th Amendment (XVI) to the Constitution deals with Income taxes and was ratified in 1913 authorizing Congress to collect income taxes.

17th Amendment Text and Summary

Direct election of Senators

The 17th Amendment (XVII) to the Constitution addresses the Direct election of senators and was ratified in 1913 stating that people will elect Senators. Before this, Senators were elected by state legislatures.

18th Amendment Text and Summary

Prohibition
of liquor

The 18th Amendment (XVIII) to the Constitution deals with the Prohibition of liquor and was passed in 1919 banning the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcohol across the nation. The Prohibition era lasted from 1920 - 1933.

19th Amendment Text and Summary

Women's suffrage

The 19th Amendment (XIX) to the Constitution deals with Women's suffrage and was passed in 1920 which guaranteed women the right to vote. Another of the important Amendments to the Constitution. 

20th Amendment Text and Summary

Terms of the President and Congress

The 20th Amendment (XX) to the Constitution is about the Terms of the President and Congress and was ratified in 1933 that changed the days for meetings of Congress and for the start of the President's term of office. 

21st Amendment Text and Summary

Repeal of prohibition

The 21st Amendment (XXI) to the Constitution addresses the Repeal of prohibition and overturned Prohibition in 1933. 

22nd Amendment Text and Summary

Limitation of Presidents to two terms

The 22nd Amendment (XXII) to the Constitution deals with the Limitation of Presidents to two terms and was made to in 1951 stating that a person may not be elected President more than twice.

23rd Amendment Text and Summary

Suffrage in the District of Columbia

The 23rd Amendment (XXIII) to the Constitution addresses Suffrage in the District of Columbia and was made in 1961 giving the people in the District of Columbia the right to vote for President. 

24th Amendment Text and Summary

Poll taxes

The 24th Amendment (XXIV) to the Constitution deals with Poll taxes and was made in 1964 making it illegal to make anyone pay a tax to have the right to vote.

25th Amendment Text and Summary

Presidential disability and succession

The 25th Amendment (XXV) to the Constitution addresses Presidential disability and succession and was made in 1964 changing what happens if a President or Vice President dies, resigns, or is not able to do the job.

26th Amendment Text and Summary

Suffrage for
18-year-olds

The 26th Amendment (XXVI) to the Constitution deals with Suffrage for 18-year-olds and was ratified in 1971 giving 18-year-olds the right to vote.

27th Amendment Text and Summary

Congressional salaries

The 27th Amendment (XXVII) to the Constitution addresses Congressional salaries and was made in 1992, limiting how Congress can increase how much its members are paid.

Amendments for Kids: Amendments 11-27 for kids

Amendments for Kids - Video of the American Presidents
The article on the Constitutional Amendments provides a summary of one of the most important documents in the history of America, the Constitution. The following video will give you important facts and dates about the political events experienced by all of the Presidents of America.

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