Ninth Amendment

Non-Enumerated Rights Retained by People

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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The Drafting Table

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Media Library: Ninth Amendment

Town Hall Video

The Constitutional Legacy of the Warren Court: 50 Years Later

Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss discuss their book "Democracy and Equality" during the 50th anniversary.

Apr 6

Blog Post

The Hatch Act: Should We Care? The Supreme Court Did

A U.S. House committee this week asked the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to investigate possible federal Hatch Act violations by…

Sep 4

Educational Video

Scholar Exchange: The Bill of Rights with Linda Monk

In this Fun Friday session, award-winning author and constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk joins Center President and CEO Jeffrey…

Nov 6

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