By Terikah Evans
The 5th Amendment ¨Rights of persons¨
The 5th Amendment provides basic rights to all citizens accused of a crime and provides government with the power to seize property for the public good as long as they compensate. In this article we learn about the history of the amendment's different clauses and discuss Court cases that have relied upon it.
Where did the amendment originate?
What was happening in American Society at the time?
Why did you choose this amendment?
do you agree with this amendment?
what group of people (if any) would disagree with your amendment?
The 17th Amendment "Direct election of senators"
Where did the amendment come from?
What was happening in American Society?
In 1911, the House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 39 proposing a constitutional amendment for direct election of senators. However, it included a “race rider” meant to bar Federal intervention in cases of racial discrimination among voters. A substitute amendment by Senator Joseph L. Bristow removed the “race rider.” The amended Joint Resolution was adopted by the Senate on a close vote in May of 1911. Over a year later, the House accepted the change, and the amendment was sent to the states for ratification. On April 8, 1913, three-quarters of the states had ratified the proposed amendment, and it was officially included as the 17th Amendment.