ERIC Number: ED271381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
To Make and to Alter Their Constitutions of Government: Article V and Amendment by Convention. A Guide for Discussion of the Implications of Calling a National Constitutional Convention.
O'Connor, Alice; Henze, Mary L.
A discussion guide, one in a series on constitutional reform issues developed by The Jefferson Foundation as part of The Jefferson Meeting on the Constitution project, examines the implications for calling a National Constitutional Convention. The controversy over the power of the amending convention is explained through tracing its development in the American revolutionary and constitutional traditions. The second section, "The Convention and Stability," emphasizes the founder's inclusion of an amendment provision as a reaction to the inflexibility of the Articles of Confederation. The third section discusses the genesis of Article V. Examples of state constitutional conventions are also included. The historical precedents of conventions are listed. The document concludes by discussing several bills introduced by Congress to set rules, regulations, and procedures for a national convention, specifically Senator Sam Irvin's in 1981 or Senator Orrin Hatch's in 1979. (RLS)
Descriptors: Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Educational Resources, Government Role, Governmental Structure, Instructional Materials, Political Science, Secondary Education, Teaching Guides, United States Government (Course)
The Jefferson Foundation, 1529 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jefferson Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: For other guides in this series, see SO 017 351-358. Document contains light type.