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 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.
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.