Saturday, February 24, 2024

All the Amendments to the US Constitution Explained

The US Constitution provides a framework of laws for how the country is run. Its flexibility gives us the ability to add amendments when needed, although the process is anything but easy, requiring a vote of two-thirds of congress plus ratification by three-quarters of the states. So far, we've added 27 of them. The first ten are referred to as the Bill of Rights, and you probably know most of them. The ones you don't recall are the ones that only come up when there's a problem in the country that is covered by them (which is why we forget what the Third Amendment is- it never comes up). The rest read like a timeline of American history, marking the Civil War and its aftermath, women's suffrage, Prohibition, the Vietnam draft, etc. The Paint Explainer goes over every amendment with a short explanation for each in only eight minutes. There's a one-minute skippable ad at 4:05. (via Laughing Squid)

No comments: