Eighteenth Amendment

Eighteenth Amendment

On January 16, 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified, after years of campaigning by prohibition proponents.  The amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale or distribution of “intoxicating liquors” within the United States.  The Volstead Act was...
Bill of Rights Ratified

Bill of Rights Ratified

On this day in 1791, the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution were ratified.  The Bill of Rights, as these Amendments came to be known, guaranteed personal liberties with the federal government.  The First Amendment alone included the right to...
16th Amendment (1913)

16th Amendment (1913)

Under Art. I § 9 of the Constitution, direct taxation of individuals was prohibited except in proportion to the census.  On February 3, 1916, the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified to impose an income tax, without regard to the population of any state.  The Constitution...

27th Amendment

The 27th–and latest–Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992.  The amendment was first proposed in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights, but initially ratified by only six states.  It provides that no law that changes the compensation of Representatives or...

Where in the World Is the Electoral College?

The electoral college is not a place, but a Constitutional process. Under Article II of the Constitution, each state appoints electors equal to the number of votes the state has for representatives and senators.  Each state determines its own method for the selection....

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