Running head: BILL OF RIGHTS AND AMENDMENTS OF THE USA
Bill of Rights and Amendments of the US
Bill of Rights and Amendments of the USA
The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. Each of these amendments made a dramatic change in how the United States government has changed over the last 200 years. The Bill of Rights has created a history that every individual needs to learn and understand and consists of the first Ten Amendments of the Constitution. Throughout this paper, the amendments of the constitution will be explained in greater detail. Additionally, the reason of the amendments becoming part of the Constitution will be delineated. Moreover, the problems with the original document will be discussed, and the changes that led to later amendments will be outlined.
How and Why Do Amendments Become Part of the Constitution
While there are two ways in which an amendment can become part of the Constitution, only one of the ways has been used. The United States method of choice involves the bill being passed by both houses of the legislature, by a two-thirds majority in each house of Congress, The Senate and The House of Representatives. Once the bill has been passed, it goes to the states. Typically, a seven-year time limit is put on the bill for approval. The second way in which an amendment can be changed or added to the Constitution is for a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislature of the States. This way has yet to ever be done (UMKC, 2012). The amendment process allows changes to be made to the Constitution. The Framers knew when they developed the Constitution that it was not perfect, and that future generations would want to make changes to it. The amendment process has made that possible to happen. Additionally, the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution that listed 12 changes to the Constitution. However, only 10 of the 12 changes were accepted.