Constitutional Amendments

  • Amendments are the Key to Avoiding Constitutional Extinction

    by Jill Lepore

    Our constitution has essentially been frozen in time since 1971, making it a poor instrument for governing to meet modern challenges. Rescuing the history of the Constitution from the originalists through a comprehensive historical archive of efforts to amend it could help restore its vitality. 

  • Of the 700 Attempts to Fix or Abolish the Electoral College, this One Nearly Succeeded

    by Gillian Brockell

    The most serious effort to abolish the Electoral College followed George Wallace's third party bid in 1968, when both major parties realized that a spoiler candidate could throw the election to the House of Representatives and extort political concessions for electoral votes. Southern conservatives, happy with the leverage the system gave them, blocked the amendment in the Senate.