National Constitution CenterCenturies of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline Exhibit
  National Constitution Center Home  
   
  Constitutional
Timeline Home
 
 


Era Overviews

 
  1765-1786  
  1787-1790  
  1791-1824  
  1825-1849  
  1850-1865  
  1866-1885  
  1886-1906  
  1907-1930 >  
  1931-1946  
  1947-1954  
  1955-1969  
  1970-1987  
  1987-  
   
  Help  
   
  Credits  
   
   
     




< Previous Event | Back to Timeline | Next Event >

You are viewing the low-bandwidth version of the Constitutional Timeline. View the broadband version.

1907-1930: We are a diverse nation, confronting our differences

April 8, 1913
A new amendment gives us the power to elect senators directly

The Capitol

The idea that people should elect their own senators came up back in 1787, at the Constitutional Convention. But the delegates decided, instead, that state legislatures should elect senators, elevating the “best” men into office.

Our thinking on democracy has changed. The 17th Amendment, ratified today, says the people-not state legislators-will elect their own senators.

It’s a victory for Progressives, the reformers in both parties who want to take power away from political bosses and put it back in the hands of the people.

Read about it in the New York times

< Previous Event | Back to Timeline | Next Event >


You are viewing the low-bandwidth version. View the broadband version (Flash plug-in and broadband connection required)

 

Home | Feedback | Site Map
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106 ph.215.409.6600
Content Copyright 2006, National Constitution Center. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy