Why is the Third Amendment important:- The first part of the Third Amendment provides that without the consent of the owner, in the time of peace, no soldier shall be quartered in any house. The second part provides that in times of war also, no soldier be quartered, except in a manner prescribed by law. In this blog, you will get an answer as to why is the Third Amendment important, the historical development of the Third Amendment, and some other interesting facts about it.
Historical Relevance of the Third Amendment
The text of the Third Amendment is almost redundant during these modern times. However, the standing armies were one of the major issues that was relevant in the 18th century. British History is evidentiary of the fact that they relied on the local militias rather than their very own professionally trained army. Britishers passed the Quartering Act in the year 1765 in the British Parliament which required the American Colonies to provide space in their houses to the British Soldiers in times of war and in fact in times of peace as well.
Not only this, the people in these American Colonies were required to arrange food and beverages as well. This, of course, aggravated the already existing tensions between the colonies and the British Empire. To avoid this kind of atrocity in the future, the founders during the time of independence included the Third Amendment as a part of the Bill of Rights.
Interesting facts about the Third Amendment
The Third Amendment is one of the least controversial amendments in the Bill of Rights and there is not even a single case decided by the Supreme Court on the basis of the Third Amendment. This is one of the least-litigated parts of the Bill of Rights. Another interesting fact is that the Third Amendment is the only part of the Constitution that describes the relationship between the military and the rights of the citizens so well. It also puts the individual’s rights on a higher pedestal.
Importance of the Third Amendment (Why is the Third Amendment important?)
You must be wondering, if not even a single case has been decided by the Supreme Court and it is the least litigated provision of the Constitution, then why is the Third Amendment important? It is appropriate to state that the present federal government structure in the United States of America is not going to ask its citizens to provide housing arrangements to the military in times of peace or war. Then why such a provision?
The answer lies in the intent of the framers. The intent is to hold the privacy rights of an individual at a higher position than any other provision. The provision has highlighted the domestic privacy rights of an individual. The people with this Third Amendment Right are preserved from any sort of intrusion by the government into their domestic houses.
Significance of the Amendment in the Eighteenth Century
You may feel that the past years in modern American history after the Declaration of Independence have shown that the Third Amendment is almost redundant and is not needed per se. But let’s see the intent behind the incorporation of this amendment in the Bill of Rights in the eighteenth century.
During that period, Americans observed the crude demand of the Britishers to allocate the military in their houses during times of war as well as peace. This led them to believe that the “troops quartering” issue needs proper attention. The sour history of the Americans with the British developed an ill feeling in the general public towards the armies. Moreover, the compulsion by the government’s order with the legislation was worse.
Moreover, there was also an incident where British soldiers killed five civilians by firing upon a hostile crowd in the year 1770. This further fuelled the tensions between the colonists and the armies deployed by the British.
Declaration of Independence
The Americans declared their Independence in the year 1776 and levied many allegations against the crown, among which the two prominent were:
1. The crown kept the standing armies amongst the people of America, in their homes without their consent even in times of peace.
2. Large bodies of armies were quartered among the people of America.
Considering the above accusations and the fact that many revolutionary states while drafting their respective constitutions acknowledged the standing armies’ danger shows that the third amendment was not a new effort by America. It was a simple declaration of the feelings of the People of America. The Third Amendment is important in a sense as it reflects the pre-revolutionary experience of the Founders with the British Empire.
1. What is the Third Amendment important today?
The importance of the Third Amendment in present-day America lies in the ideology to keep the private domestic rights of an individual at a higher stance than troops quartering.
2. Why did the Founders incorporate the Third Amendment in the Bill of Rights?
The Founders were aware of the discomfort and the atrocities of the British military quartering in the houses of the people. This sour past led them to incorporate the Third Amendment in the Bill of Rights to prevent future harm.