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Constitution Day 2015: Constitutional Amendments: Opinions and Controversies

Constitution Day is September 17

Targeted Parts of the Consitution

14th Amendment

To eliminate "birthright citizenship" for the children of undocumented immigrants

14th and 15th Amendments

Not properly ratified

Some ratifications were coerced

16th Amendment repeal

To remove the Federal government's power to tax income

Not properly ratified

17th Amendment repeal

To eliminate popular election of senators

Violates bicameralism

Not properly ratified

Amendment Process

Amendments Which Have Been Proposed

Finding More Books and Articles

In DELCAT Discovery and other library catalogs, search terms like these:

United States. -- Constitution. -- 14th Amendment.

In DELCAT Discovery and other library catalogs, search terms like this:

United States. -- Constitution. -- 16th Amendment.

In Google, search terms like this:

  • Tax protesters
  • 16th amendment ratification

Search articles in law reviews

Presidential Campaign and Current Political Atmosphere

14th Amendment

SECTION 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United
States and of the State wherein they reside....

16th Amendment

17th Amendment

Popular Election of Senators

18th and 21st Amendments

Prohibition of Alcohol

Repeal of Prohibition

The 18th Amendment is the only amendment that was repealed.

The Almost 13th Amendment: Titles of Nobility

Titles of Nobility and Honour Amendment (TONA)

  • Submitted to the state legislatures (May 1, 1810; 11th Congress, second session)
  • Not ratified

If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.

Some people believe this amendment was ratified and that it is the 13th Amendment.

To complicate matters, some early 19th century sources erroneous printed the proposed amendment as if it had been ratified.