The Bill of Rights Summary

1st Amendment

Congress can’t dictate what religion to practice, must protect free speech, press, assembly and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

2nd Amendment

The Right to bear arms.

3rd Amendment

Prohibits the government form quartering troops in private homes (Original grievance from the America Revolution).

4th Amendment

Protect citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. The govt may not conduct searches without a warrant and such warrants must be issued by a judge based on probable cause.

5th Amendment

Citizens are not subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process. Citizens can’t be tried on the same set of facts twice and are protected from self-incrimination. (right to remain silent). The amendment also established power of eminent domain, ensuring private property is not seized for public use without compensation.

6th Amendment

This amendment gives the right to speedy trial by jury of one’s peers, to be in formed of crimes with which they are charged and confront the witness brought by the government.

7th Amendment

This amendment says civil cases must be tried by jury.

8th Amendment

This amendment prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and usual punishments.

9th Amendment

This amendment states that the lists of rights enumerated in the constitution is not exhaustive and that the people retain all rights not enumerated.

10th Amendment

All powers not assigned to federal government (U.S.) or prohibited to the states go to the states of the people.

**Any legal terminology that is not understood should refer to a reputable law dictionary; not an average dictionary. For all commonly used terms, an average reputable dictionary should be used.

Know and study the bill of rights and ALL the constitution to fully understand your rights and what could possibly put them in jeopardy.

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Boukman’s Prayer

The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us
light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who
has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you
are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks
him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is
so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct
our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should
throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the
voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.


Houngan Boukman Dutty

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