Why is the 3rd amendment important?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The third amendment to the Constitution is very important to us. It stems from events that occurred while we were colonies of Britain. One part of the Intolerable Acts said that the British could house their troops in private homes. This really angered the colonists because they despised the British troops. Now those troops could be staying in their homes.

There was a concern that the Constitution didn’t offer enough protection of our individual rights. These people wanted to see a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution so the government couldn’t infringe on our rights. One of the amendments prevented the government from housing troops in our homes. This is what the third amendment does. It is important because it protects from something that is viewed as unreasonable. It also protects us from something we had experienced in the past and deeply disliked.