Monday, December 6, 2010
National Archives Challenges the Twitter-verse to Tweet the Bill of Rights
Here's a fun way to celebrate history!
Washington, D.C. . . The National Archives is celebrating the 219th
anniversary of the Bill of Rights (December 15, 2010) social media-style
with a contest to tweet @archivesnews condensing each amendment to the
U.S. Constitution into a single tweet counting down to the First
Amendment using hashtag #BillofRights. On Bill of Rights Day (Dec. 15)
the final contest will be to create one tweet summarizing all ten
amendments. See the contest schedule and more information below.
The previous day’s winner will be announced at 10 a.m. on the
National Archives Facebook and Twitter (@archivesnews) site. Archivist
of the United States David S. Ferriero will select one winner for each
amendment. Each winner will receive a Bill of Rights poster from the
National Archives eStore, and the winning tweets may be used in a future
Archive store product!
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.
Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,
shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the
December 8: (same day, but a separate tweet for each!)
Amendment VIII: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive
fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
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 re-examined
in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the
December 9: (same day, but a separate tweet for each!)
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 defence.
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 any person be subject for the same offence 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 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 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 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 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.
BONUS: In one tweet, summarize the entire Bill of Rights!