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Montezuma in Poweshiek County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Bill of Rights

The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution as Ratified by the States

 

—December 15, 1791 —

 
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By Michael Dann Hayes, August 8, 2008
1. The Bill of Rights Marker
Inscription.
Amendment I. 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 government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III. No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall
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By Michael Dann Hayes, August 8, 2008
2. The Bill of Rights Marker in front of Poweshiek County Courthouse, Montezuma, Iowa
any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not
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By Michael Dann Hayes, August 8, 2008
3. The Bill of Rights Marker -- side view
be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
 
Erected 2008 by Poweshiek County, Iowa; MyBillofrights.org; Hazel Sig-Hester; Frank Brownell.
 
Location. 41° 35.109′ N, 92° 31.457′ W. Marker is in Montezuma, Iowa, in Poweshiek County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 85) east of Front Street (U.S. 63). Click for map. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds at the Poweshiek County Courthouse, Montezuma, Iowa. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E. Main, Montezuma IA 50171, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. This might be the first monument to the Bill of Rights in the U.S.A.
 
Also see . . .  United States Bill of Rights. Wikepedia entry. “In the United States, the Bill of Rights is the name by which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known.[1] They were introduced by James Madison to the First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of constitutional amendments, and came into effect on December 15, 1791,
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By J.O. Parker, Editor, The Montezuma Republican, July 5, 2008
4. The Bill of Rights Monument
Pictured are Chris Bliss (far right) famous comedian and juggler and Hazel Sig-Hester (next to Chris Bliss). Chris Bliss is known for a juggling routine to Beatles music from the Abbey Road album. You can locate the routine on the web.
when they had been ratified by three-fourths of the States. The Bill of Rights limits the powers of the Federal government of the United States, protecting the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory.” (Submitted on July 8, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Government
 
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Courtesy of The National Archives
5. The Bill of Rights
Image of copy at the National Archives. Click on image to zoom in. This document has 12 articles. The first article on this document was never ratified. The second was not initially ratified. The rest became the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
 
 
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