This thought-provoking and interesting text provides a complete examination of each of our nation's 27 Constitutional Amendments. From the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, to slavery, to the voting rights of women, this text illustrates how the US Constitution has changed since its ratification in 1789.
Starting with the Bill of Right as a whole, each Amendment chapter offers:
- A Reprint of the Amendment in its original handwriting
- Introduction,Overview & Timeline
- Begins with a detailed Introduction to the issues addressed int he Amendment
- A Timeline highlights the dates Amendments were Proposed in Congress, Sent to the States, and Ratified
- The Debate in Congress is fully explored through excerpts from speeches and debates.
- Historical Background Documents give the reader additional information surrounding the debate.
- A reprint of the full Amendment as Submitted to the States.
- Who's Who - a collection of biographies of the key players involved with drafting, debating and ratifying the Amendment
- Original Primary Documents - provides a full text reprint of the Amendment, along with excerpts from important meetings, articles, letters
- Supreme Court Cases - presents an overview of any Supreme Court Cases involving the Amendment, with a detailed description of the case along with the decision date and voting statistics
- Footnotes, Sources, & Further Readings provide ample sources for further research
- America At That Time - offers valuable insight into what was happening to America at the time the Amendment was adopted. Readers will find a Historical Snapshot, Selected Prices, quotations, magazines & newspaper articles, photos and illustrations that give a sense of what was on the minds of Americans, and how it may have impacted the amendment process.
Filled with interesting data on the path each Amendment took to be proposed, voted on, and then submitted to the States for ratification, this new reference will inform and educate readers on how our nation has changed and updated the US Constitution. This new resource will be a welcome addition to public, academic and high school libraries, as well as political science and history collections.
Introduction and User’s Guide
- Bill of Rights (Amendments 1–10): Proposed 1789 / Ratified 1791 - Protects individual rights including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms, the right to due process and the right to a fair trial by jury; also, the Bill of Rights prohibits unreasonable searches, excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment
- Eleventh Amendment: Proposed 1794 / Ratified 1795 - Grants immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners
- Twelfth Amendment: Proposed 1803 / Ratified 1804 - Revises presidential election procedures
- Thirteenth Amendment: Proposed & Ratified 1865 - Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude
- Fourteenth Amendment: Proposed 1866 / Ratified 1868 - Defines citizenship, including Immunities, Due-Process and Equal Protection Clauses
- Fifteenth Amendment: Proposed 1869 / Ratified 1870 - Prohibits denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous servitude
- Sixteenth Amendment: Proposed 1909 / Ratified 1913 - Allows federal government to collect income tax
- Seventeenth Amendment: Proposed 1912 / Ratified 1913 - Establishes election of US Senators by popular vote
- Eighteenth Amendment: Proposed 1917 / Ratified 1919 - Establishes prohibition of alcohol
- Nineteenth Amendment: Proposed 1919 / Ratified 1920 - Establishes women’s suffrage
- Twentieth Amendment: Proposed 1932 / Ratified 1933 - Establishes term commencement dates for Congress
- Twenty-first Amendment: Proposed & Ratified 1933 - Repeals Eighteenth Amendment
- Twenty-second Amendment: Proposed 1947 / Ratified 1951 - Limits president to two terms
- Twenty-third Amendment: Proposed 1960 / Ratified 1961 - Provides for representation of Washington DC in the Electoral College
- Twenty-fourth Amendment: Proposed 1962 / Ratified 1964 - Prohibits revocation of voting rights due to non-payment of poll taxes
- Twenty-fifth Amendment: Proposed 1965 / Ratified 1967 - Defines process of presidential succession
- Twenty-sixth Amendment: Proposed & Ratified 1971 - Establishes the right to vote for those 18 years or older
- Twenty-seventh Amendment: Proposed 1789 / Ratified 1992 - Prohibits Congressional pay raises to take effect before next session of Congress
Appendix A: The Constitutional Amendment Process
Appendix B: Ratification of Amendments to the US Constitution
Appendix C: Proposed Amendments to the US Constitution