U.S. Constitution: Amendments 11-27


Amendment 11

February 7, 1797

The 11th Amendment more clearly explains the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court regarding a suit brought against a state by a citizen of another state.

Amendment 12

June 15, 1804

The 12th Amendment redefines the election process/system regarding the President and Vice President. It also states that anyone who becomes Vice President is eligible to become President.

Amendment 13

December 6, 1865

The 13th Amendment officially banned slavery in the United States.

Amendment 14

July 9, 1868

The 14th Amendment ensured that all citizens had rights at both the federal and state levels. Also, it removed the three-fifths compromise. Additionally, it confirmed that the United States would not pay the debts of rebellious states.

Amendment 15

February 3, 1870

The 15th Amendment ensures that a citizen’s race cannot be used as criteria for voting.

Amendment 16

February 3, 1913

The 16th Amendment allows the United States to collect income tax without regard to the population of the states.

Amendment 17

April 8, 1913

The 17th Amendment shifted the electing of Senators from the state legislatures to the people.

Amendment 18

January 16, 1919

The 18th Amendment prohibited the sale and creation of alcohol in the United States.

Amendment 19

August 18, 1920

The 19th Amendment ensures that gender cannot be used as criteria for voting. So, it indirectly says that women can vote.

Amendment 20

January 23, 1933

The 20th Amendment set new start dates for the terms of the Congress and the President, and clarifies how the death of a President before swearing-in would be handled.

Amendment 21

December 5, 1933

The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment.

Amendment 22

February 27, 1951

The 22nd Amendment sets a limit, of two four-year terms, on the number of times a President could be elected.

Amendment 23

March 29, 1961

The 23rd Amendment grants Washington D.C. the right to three electors in Presidential elections.

Amendment 24

January 23, 1964

The 24th Amendment ensured that no tax could be charged to vote for any federal office.

Amendment 25

February 10, 1967

The 25th Amendment explains even further the line of succession to the Presidency, and establishes the rules for a President who becomes unable to perform his duties while in office.

Amendment 26

July 1, 1971

The 26th Amendment guarantees that all citizens of age 18 or older can officially vote.

Amendment 27

May 7, 1992

The 27th Amendment requires that any law that increases the pay of legislators may not take effect until after an election.