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Constitution of the United States


The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America.


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This printed copy of the text of the Constitution and the first twenty-one amendments is an accurate copy of a literal print of the original Constitution and the first twenty-one amendments appearing in The Constitution of the United States of America (Annotated) compiled by the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress and published by the Government Printing Office in 1938. The Twenty-second, Twenty-third, Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Amendments were copied from the resolutions by which the Oregon Legislative Assembly ratified these amendments. 


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Article                   I      Legislative department

                             II      Executive department

                            III      Judicial department

                            IV      Relations of the states

                             V      Amendments

                            VI      Miscellaneous provisions

                          VII      Ratification

Amendment          I      Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition

                             II      Bearing arms

                            III      Quartering soldiers

                            IV      Searches and seizures

                             V      Rights of persons

                            VI      Rights of accused in criminal prosecutions

                          VII      Trial by jury in civil cases

                         VIII      Bail, fines and punishments

                            IX      Rights retained by people

                             X      Powers reserved to states or people

                            XI      Suits against states

                          XII      Election of President and Vice President

                         XIII      Slavery and involuntary servitude

                         XIV      Rights of citizens; apportionment of representatives; disqualification     of officers; public debt

                          XV      Right of citizens to vote regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude

                         XVI      Income tax

                        XVII      Popular election of Senators

                      XVIII      Prohibition of intoxicating liquors

                         XIX      Right of citizens to vote regardless of sex

                          XX      Terms of President, Vice President and members of Congress; sessions of Congress; vacancy in office of President or Vice President

                         XXI      Repeal of eighteenth amendment

                        XXII      Limitation on presidential tenure

                      XXIII      Presidential electors for District of Columbia

                      XXIV      Right to vote for federal office not to be qualified by payment of tax

                       XXV      Succession to Presidency and Vice Presidency; disability of President

                      XXVI      Right of 18 year olds to vote

                     XXVII      Compensation of members of Congress