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Third Amendment

On this day, the English Bill of Rights makes a powerful statement

February 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

On February 13, 1689, Parliament in London allows two new monarchs to take the throne if they honor the rights of English citizens. What became known as the English Bill of Rights was an important influence on the later American Constitution.

Redcoats in the house? Some myths behind the Third Amendment

March 24, 2018 By NCC Staff

Could British troops evict colonists from their homes, eat their food and use their facilities? That’s not exactly true, even though generations of students have heard that story in relation to the Third Amendment.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

Constitution Check: Is there a problem in outfitting local police like combat soldiers?

August 21, 2014 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center's adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at a new debate over the nature of local policing, and if a program of military giveaways may have had some seriously unfortunate consequences in the Ferguson situation.

Third Amendment: Quartering of Troops

February 3, 2014 By NCC Staff

National Constitution Center looks at a virtually obsolete provision in the Constitution: the Third Amendment.

Third Amendment: Quartering of Troops

December 16, 2013 By NCC Staff

This virtually obsolete provision was in response to anger over the British military practice of quartering soldiers in colonists' homes.

Third Amendment suit questions police fridge-raiding tactics

July 29, 2013 By Amy E. Feldman

A rare Third Amendment lawsuit pits a Las Vegas-area man against police who he claims acted like a bunch of rampaging Redcoats in his apartment.

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