Amendments to the US Constitution

Amendments to the US Constitution


Ratified Amendments XI-XXVII of the United States Constitution, M1518

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Which amendments are they?

    The Bill of Rights includes the first ten amendments to the US Constitution (I-X). Subsequent amendments (XI-XXVII) are included in this publication (NARA M1518). Below is a list, in simple terms, of what each of these amendments provided for, and the year of ratification.

    Click on an amendment number, below, to view the amendment and the process by which each state ratified that particular amendment. Click on the arrow above the images to the right to browse through images of each amendment within Fold3's American Milestone Documents collection.

    • 11th Amendment (XI): Immunity of states to foreign suits, 1795.
    • 12th Amendment (XII): Revision of presidential election procedures requiring electors to cast distinct votes for President and Vice President, 1804.
    • 13th Amendment (XIII): Abolition of slavery, 1865.
    • 14th Amendment (XIV): Refers to citizenship and includes clauses for due process and equal protection, 1868.
    • 15th Amendment (XV): Voting rights for male citizens of all races, 1870.
    • 16th Amendment (XVI): Authorizing federal income tax, 1913.
    • 17th Amendment (XVII): Direct election of senators by the people of a state, 1913.
    • 18th Amendment (XVIII): Prohibition, 1919.
    • 19th Amendment (XIX): Voting rights for women, 1920.
    • 20th Amendment (XX): "Lame Duck Amendment" to reduce time between election and service of elected officials, 1933.
    • 21st Amendment (XXI): End of prohibition, repealed the 18th amendment, the only time an amendment has been repealed, 1933.
    • 22nd Amendment (XXII): Set the term limit for presidents, 1951.
    • 23rd Amendment (XXIII): The District of Columbia given electoral votes, 1961.
    • 24th Amendment (XXIV): Prohibits requiring poll taxes for right to vote, 1964.
    • 25th Amendment (XXV): Clarifies procedures regarding succession of president and vice president upon death or inability to serve, 1967.
    • 26th Amendment (XXVI): Established 18 as the minimum legal voting age, 1971.
    • 27th Amendment (XXVII): Allowed changes in salary for members of Congress to occur only after a general election (initially submitted in 1789), 1992.

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