The Change in our Government

Tyler Boger and Jaquan Pitts

Over the past 200 years America has changed and so did the U.S. Constitution.

Example: In the year of 1787, only white men over the age of 21 could vote, and the President could serve for as long as he was elected.

Why has it changed?

In the Constitution Article Five states: "The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution..." The U.S. Constitution is also referred to as "a living document." The U.S. Constitution is made to grow and live as the nation does.

Facts about the change

Over 200 years the Constitution has been amended 27 times. The 15th Amendment, in 1870, said that no citizens vote could be taken away, because of the race. In 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The 19th Amendment in 1920, all U.S. women were allowed to vote. The 22nd Amendment stated that a President can only serve two terms in office. The 26th Amendment in 1971, gave people 18-20 years old the right to vote. Americans have also added laws, and have taken them back. For example, in 1919 the 18th Amendment was passed, banning the making and selling of alcohol.

How will this have an affect on Americans in the future?

In the future we may have to add amendments. For example , our technology is advancing quickly, and learning new things about it. Technology may change the way how we communicate. Maybe some day, we will be able to vote at home.

Current News events dealing with our Government and its change

A big news event recently includes Ebola. Ebola is a fatal illness in humans. This virus is transmitted by wild animals, and is then spread from human to human. The most recent case was in west Africa. There are no true vaccines to cure this virus, but the government is working on it and has treatments.