As part of our look at the basics of the Constitution, we are making available the basic text of the founding document, along with the official explanations written for the Senate by the Library of Congress. Part one of this series looks at the first four sections of Article I.
On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.
More than 200 years after it was proposed as part of the original Bill of Rights, this amendment prohibited members of Congress from receiving an increase in salary until after the next election had been held.
During the Vietnam War, this amendment lowered the voting age in federal and state elections to 18, the same age at which young men could be drafted for military service.
Does the Supreme Court need to offer better guidance about the right to carry a handgun outside your home for self-defense reasons? Lawrence E. Rosenthal from Chapman University and Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute join our Jeffrey Rosen to discuss this Second Amendment issue.