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ERIC Number: EJ727942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Constitutional Amendment Process
Chism, Kahlil
Social Education, v69 n7 p373 Nov-Dec 2005
This article discusses the constitutional amendment process. Although the process is not described in great detail, Article V of the United States Constitution allows for and provides instruction on amending the Constitution. While the amendment process currently consists of six steps, the Constitution is nevertheless quite difficult to change. More than 10,000 amendments have been proposed since 1789, yet, not counting the original 10 amendments comprising the Bill of Rights (raft fled December 15, 1791), Congress has only amended the Constitution 17 times. According to Article V, there are two ways to propose an amendment: (1) via a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress; or (2) through a national constitutional convention, which must be requested by two-thirds of the states. Sixteen of the 17 amendments after the Bill of Rights originated in Congress. The 21st Amendment, the Repeal of Prohibition, came about as a result of a constitutional convention. The author shares examples of some of the documents created during the passage of the 18th Amendment that may facilitate understanding of the amendment process. All of the documents featured in this article come from the General Records of the United States Government. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights; First Amendment; United States Constitution
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