Constitution

In 1982 an American undergrad student argued that a constitutional amendment proposed in 1789 could still be approved by Congress. When he received a “C,” he started a letter writing campaign and got the amendment ratified. His grade was changed to an “A” in 2016.

Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution The Twenty-seventh Amendment (Amendment XXVII) to the United States Constitution prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives. The amendment is the most recent to be adopted, …

In 1982 an American undergrad student argued that a constitutional amendment proposed in 1789 could still be approved by Congress. When he received a “C,” he started a letter writing campaign and got the amendment ratified. His grade was changed to an “A” in 2016. Read More »

Thomas Jefferson wanted the Constitution rewritten every 19 years

Zachary Elkins, above, a professor of political science, is working with Tom Ginsburg, below, an Illinois professor of law, on a project to collect and analyze some 760 constitutions used worldwide since the U.S. Constitution took effect. “Jefferson thought the dead should not rule the living, thus constitutions should expire frequently, but the fact is …

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