Amendment Timeline

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Bill of Right Amendments

1789

Civil Liberties connected to being an American citizen
1st - 10th amendments

11th Amendment

1795

places limits on lawsuits againts states

12th Amendment

1804

revises procedure for electing the president and vice president

13th Amendment

1865

abolishes slavery

14th Amendment

1868

defines U.S citizenship; guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws"

15th Amendment

1870

prohibits restrictions on the right to vote based on race and color

17th Amendment

1913

enables voters to elect senators directly

16th Amendment

1913

gives congress the power to levy income tax

18th Amendment

1917

prohibits making, transporting, selling, importing, and exporting alcoholic beverages

19th Amendment

1920

gives women the right to vote

20th Amendment

1933

changes the dates of congressional and presidential terms

21st Amendment

1933

repeals prohibition ( 18th Amendment)

22nd Amendments

1951

limits presidents to 2 terms in office

23rd Amendment

1961

gives residents of the district of Columbia the right to vote

24th Amendment

1964

abolishes poll taxes

25th Amendment

1967

establishes procedures for succession to the presidency

26th Amendment

1971

sets voting age at 18 years

27th Amendment

1992

delays congressional pay raises until the term following their passag