This made sure only three fifths of a states population of slaves counted when determining representation.
Why do we need it?
We need this because the Southern states had lots of slaves that made up their population, and the North did not have many slaves, so this made sure the South could not count all of its slaves as their population. This also made sure the South didn’t get more power.
Job: Their job is to write laws, confirm presidential appointments, approve treaties, grant money, and declares war. Head: The head of the legislative branch are the head of Senate and the head of the House of Representatives. The head of the Senate is the vice president and the head of the House of Representatives are speaker or the leader. Houses: The two houses are the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives has 435 members. The Senate has two senators for each state. Requirements: To be a member in the House of Representatives, you have to be at least 25 years old, live in the state where they were elected, and have been U.S citizens for seven years. To be a senator in the senate, you must be 30 years or older, and have been U.S. citizens for seven years. Important Facts: A member in the House of Representatives serves two-year terms. Apportionment is a system that keeps the number of members at 435. A senator serves six-year terms. Members can serve an unlimited number of terms.
Job: Their job is to propose laws, administer the laws, command armed forces, appoint ambassadors and other officials, conduct foreign policy, and make treaties. Head: The head of the executive branch is the president. Requirements: To be a president or a vice president, you have to be born a U.S. citizen, and at least 35 old. They also have to have been a U.S. resident for 14 years. Important Facts: A president can have up to two four-year terms. A vice president can have as many four-year terms as the people want. If a President dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vice president takes over as president. The House of Representatives can Impeach a president. Impeachment is to vote to bring charges of serious crimes against a president.
Job: Their job is to interpret the Constitution and other laws, and review lower-court decisions. Head: The head of the judicial branch is the Supreme Court. Requirements: There are no requirements. You can serve for life. Important Facts: Each state has at least one of the 94 district courts. If someone thinks a trial was unfair, they can go to the court of appeals. If they think it was fair, the original decision remains. If it you lose, you could go to the Supreme Court. Even thought the Supreme Court gets thousands of cases, it can only go through about a 100 cases per year.
In the Des Moines District, there was a rule made that states that you can not wear an armband to school, and you will be suspended if you do not take it off when asked to do so. Three students wore armbands and they got suspended. They said that this action violated their right of speech. There was a court case in 1969
More people voted for the students and said that they should have freedom of speech. Students argued that these armbands were also a form of speech, so the school’s rule was violating the first amendment. This does not distract other students from learning also. The school allowed other political symbols, so why not these armbands?
This was one of many court cases that challenged racial segregation in schools. This particular case was Brown v the Board of Education. It was against the Topeka school board. The schools offered the same things, but segregation made them different.
The court decided that doing this was making schools not equal. They saw this was not following the constitution. The court also saw that this created feeling within people and that this was upsetting them. Brown won 9-0 in this case.
Summary This court ruling was about a man who was not told about his fifth amendment rights that whatever he says will be used against him in court, and the sixth amendment rights that he is allowed to have an attorney during interrogation. He was then arrested because of something he said. His argument was that he was not aware of his rights.
Decision Miranda won 5-4 because court thought it was unfair to the people who speak out and not knowing their rights, their words are used against them in court. The court then made the Miranda rights, which made police officers have to tell a person that they have the right to remain silent, anything they say can and will be used in a court of law, and they have the right to an attorney. They must clearly state this before interrogation.
Significance This allowed citizens who were being interrogated to know that their own words can be used against them, and they can have an attorney with them during questioning, and that they may get an attorney if they cannot afford one.
An example of separation of powers is like when the house and senate want to pass a law, but the president does not like the proposed law, so he can veto it. But if the president likes the law and signs it, the Supreme Court can decide whether it is constitutional or not.
By allowing me to protest against the governments actions
By giving me the chance to ask the government to change something in the government
By letting me say what I want to say about an issue
By letting me know I will not get in trouble with the government for doing these things.
The 1 st amendment prohibits the government from making laws that prohibit religious practices, your freedom of speech, freedom to the press, asking the government to change something, or protesting or assembling.
This lets me know that if one day I get arrested, I must me given all my legal rights.
I know I can only be charged with a infamous crime if the grand jury charges me with the crime.
The 5 th amendment protects any person from being accused of infamous crimes, unless they are charged with the crime. They may not be a witness to themselves, and they still have their right of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law.
This lets me know that if I one day I get accused for a crime, I don’t have to wait a few years to go to court. I have the right to have a fast trial.
The 6 th amendment says that a person accused of a crime can have a fast public trial and the right to a jury.
The 13 th amendment says that any person many not serve another person unwillingly. The only exception for this is if it was a punishment for a crime the person committed. This was originally made to prevent slavery.
This Affects Me:
By letting me know that no one can force me to work for them when I do not want to work for them.
By letting me know that if I may need to work for someone even if I don’t want to because I committed a crime and this is the punishment for that crime.
The 14 th amendment says that every U.S. citizen gets an equal treatment in the court of law. The government may not take the rights of life, liberty, or property so it is fair for everyone.
This Affects Me:
By letting me know that if I get accused of a crime and have to go to court, that I can rest assured that I am given equal rights like everyone else who comes to court.
By letting me know the government will be fair to me and not treat me differently because of my race, religion, or social class.
The 15 th amendment says that the government cannot give a vote to a U.S. citizen based on race, color, or other things.
This Affects Me:
By letting me know that when I turn older, the government cannot say no to my vote just because of me or others around me being a different race or color.
The 18 th amendment says that alcoholic beverages may not be brewed or drunk. The only exception is for religious purposes.
This Affects Me:
This does not affect most of us now, because the 21 st amendment basically made it so that the 18 th amendment was completely repealed, so none of it really affects us now.
The 19 th amendment says that the government cannot say someone can’t vote just because of their sex.
This Affects Me:
By letting me know that men and women around me can vote ant they cannot be denied a vote just because they are masculine or feminine.
The 26 th amendment says that you have to be 18 years or older to vote.
This Affects Me:
By letting me know that I can’t vote until I am 18 years of age.
I know not to try to vote until I’m 18 otherwise my vote will be denied.