The Founders believed that property is among the natural rights governments exist to protect. One of the ways the Founders protected property rights was in the Fifth Amendment. This amendment restricts the government's ability to take property and ensures that when it does take property ,it must pay for it. This lesson explores the Fifth Amendment and its applications.
Handout A: The Takings Clause
Handout B: How Does the Fifth Amendment Protect Property? (Background Essay)
Handout C: Property and the Supreme Court
Handout D: Updates
Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL