Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
people peaceably to assemble, and to petition
The Bill of Rights and the States
Rights of persons accused of crimes
The Bill of Rights was ratified
a. by State legislatures prior to the signing of
Rights to Life, Liberty, Property
The framers of the Constitution attached great
importance to life, liberty, and property.
Found in the Fifth Amendment, extending due
process protection to individuals relative to the
Also found in
What is Federalism?
Federalism is a form of government in which a
constitution distributes powers between a
central government and subdivisional
governments, usually called states, provinces,
or republics. Lower entities such as
municipalities, towns, and
How Citizenship is Acquired and Lost
Naturalization: A legal action conferring citizenship on an alien
Dual Citizenship: Citizenship in more than one nation
Right of expatriation: The right to renounce ones citizenship
Rights of America
Government: procedures and institutions by which
people govern and rule themselves.
Why Is Government Necessary?
Politics: the process by which
people decide who shall govern