Keeping Your Rights at Hand

Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in , , , ,

Mdgilkison's We The People graphicBack in 2009, I spent a few posts examining mnemonics relating to the US Constitution.

I'm always lookout for better and more effective ways to remember things like this, so here's my latest discovery.

The original posts cover amendments 1-9 in one post, amendments 10-18 in another, and amendments 19-27 in the final one.

About 2 years ago, I posted Ron White's method of memorizing the Bill of Rights using parts of your body from the top of your head, down to the bottom of your feet:

I just ran across a new Bill of Rights mnemonic video recently. Instead of using the whole body, this one uses various hand arrangements involving 1 to 10 fingers for each of the corresponding amendments:

Some of the hand arrangements need some further explanation.

For the 4th amendment, prevention of unreasonable search and seizure, the 4 fingers are wrapped around the thumb just as you would if you were a police officer knocking on a door with a warrant.

The 9th amendment refers to rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. When you're holding 9 fingers out, one thumb is hidden, but everyone know it's still there, just like the rights that aren't mentioned.

For more information on memorizing the US constitution, check out the US Constitution section of the Memorize United States of America Facts post over in the Mental Gym.

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