Since the Constitution of the United States was adopted in 1787, this foundational document has been amended twenty-seven times, beginning with the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791. In this volume, young historians will read not only about the specific amendments made to the Constitution but also about the process that is involved in making these changes. Readers will also take a detailed look at the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, including freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech. Special sections focus on the critical roles Constitutional amendments have played in the abolition of slavery, the role of the U.S. president, and the procedures of the U.S. legal system. Of interest to students and teachers is the inclusion of the full text of all twenty-seven amendments. Book jacket.