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 will profile 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) is a fun and educational crash course in constitutional history!
Tell us what you would like as the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution!
Then on Friday, February 28, 2014, join WXPN Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell and other special guests for a special Town Hall event to reveal the National Constitution Center’s crowd-sourced 28th Amendment and discover exactly what it takes for a new amendment to be added to the U.S. Constitution. The Town Hall will take place at 12 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium.
Submit your vote each day on a different amendment-related topic, and let us know what you think the next amendment should be!
The 27th Amendment provides that any change in compensation for members of Congress shall not take effect during the Congress that enacts it. The amendment was one of 12 that Congress proposed to the states in 1789, when they ratified the 10 original amendments—not including this one. Ohio ratified the amendment in 1873 and, in 1978, Wyoming did as well. Other states followed and, in 1992, Michigan became the 38th state to ratify, allowing the amendment to become law almost 203 years after James Madison proposed it. Does the high percentage of Congress members who are regularly re-elected make this amendment ineffectual, or does it still play a useful role in effecting good government?
Activities are free with museum admission unless otherwise notated.
During the month of February, purchase four tickets for $27. Or, save your ticket and get a discount on a return visit! Guests who purchase a regular admission ticket in February can show their stub during subsequent visits throughout the month and receive $2.70 off admission. In addition, visitors can purchase an Individual level membership to the National Constitution Center for just $27—almost 50% off the regular price.
Click on an amendment to learn more with our Interactive Constitution.
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.
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:
Click here to listen to Kerry Sautner, the National Constitution Center’s Vice President of Visitor Experience & Education on Kids Corner on WXPN.