27 Amendments (in 27 Days)
Over 11,500 amendments have been introduced in Congress but only 27 have been added to the U.S. Constitution. Can you name all 27? The first 10?
Through partnerships with leading scholars and universities, government agencies, media outlets, and more, the National Constitution Center profiled one amendment each day throughout the month of February. From the Bill of Rights to congressional salaries and everything in between, 27 Amendments (in 27 Days) was a fun and educational crash course in constitutional history!
The 28th Amendment
The people have spoken. Throughout the month of February, the National Constitution Center asked visitors both onsite and online via social media and the museum’s website to submit their proposals for the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The crowd-sourcing initiative was part of the Constitution Center’s first-ever 27 Amendments (in 27 Days) project—a crash-course in the amendments from the Bill of Rights to congressional salaries. The museum received an overwhelming number of responses ranging from the serious (abolishing the Electoral College) to the humorous (Free Pizza Fridays).
In the end, the most submitted suggestions were put to a live audience vote—setting term limits for Congress, campaign finance reform, and eliminating corporate person-hood. The audience also had the choice not to add a new amendment at this time. After the votes were tallied, a clear winner emerged—term limits for Congress should be added as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. During the program, the audience also received an overview on the steps necessary to make a constitutional amendment a reality. Term limits for Congress also received the most votes on the museum’s Facebook page.
Click on an amendment to learn more with our Interactive Constitution.
WATCH CONSTITUTION HALL PASS “THE BILL OF RIGHTS”
Explore the compelling story of our Constitution’s first ten amendments, from James Madison’s efforts to compile a list of essential freedoms, through the years when the document’s provisions were seldom applied, to present-day court cases that impact all Americans.
KYW Newsradio special reports
Produced in conjunction with the National Constitution Center, listen now to these KYW Newsradio Podcasts on the history of our 27 Amendments. Click here to listen to today’s topic:
- Amendment 1 Freedom of Expression
- Amendment 2 Right to Bear Arms
- Amendment 3 Quartering of Soldiers
- Amendment 4 Search and Seizure
- Amendment 5 Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process, Takings
- Amendment 6 Right to Speedy Trial by Jury, Witnesses, Counsel
- Amendment 7 Jury Trial in Civil Lawsuits
- Amendment 8 Excessive Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment
- Amendment 9 Non-Enumerated Rights Retained by People
- Amendment 10 Rights Reserved to States or People
- Amendment 11 Suits Against States
- Amendment 12 Election of President and Vice President
- Amendment 13 Abolition of Slavery
- Amendment 14 Citizenship Rights, Equal Protection, Apportionment, Civil War Debt
- Amendment 15 Right to Vote Not Denied by Race
- Amendment 16 Income Tax
- Amendment 17 Popular Election of Senators
- Amendment 18 Prohibition of Liquor
- Amendment 19 Women’s Right to Vote
- Amendment 20 Presidential Term and Succession, Assembly of Congress
- Amendment 21 Repeal of Prohibition
- Amendment 22 Two-Term Limit on Presidency
- Amendment 23 Presidential Vote for D.C.
- Amendment 24 Abolition of Poll Taxes
- Amendment 25 Presidential Disability and Succession
- Amendment 26 Right to Vote at Age 18
- Amendment 27 Congressional Compensation
WXPN Kids Corner Segments
Click here to listen to Kerry Sautner, the National Constitution Center’s Vice President of Visitor Experience & Education on Kids Corner on WXPN.