How Our Constitution Has Changed, Part 2 - Reading Comprehension
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How Our Constitution Has Changed, Part 2 Reading Comprehension
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How Our Constitution Has Changed, Part 2
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 In the 20th century, many things happened. There were two world wars. We became a world power. Our country grew and changed. Our laws had to change with us.
2 The sixteenth change to the Constitution allows an income tax. Before this change, the government couldn't tax people directly. Now the Constitution says it's okay.
3 The Seventeenth Amendment changed the way senators are elected. State legislatures used to pick senators. Now the people elect their senators. This helps to make them accountable to the people they serve.
4 The eighteenth change said alcohol was illegal. Many people didn't like alcohol. They wanted it to be against the law to drink it. They believed it would make people good. Congress agreed. The change was approved in 1919. But the law was hard to enforce. There weren't enough agents to find those who disobeyed. Some people said their rights were taken away by this amendment. It was repealed by Amendment 21 in 1933. That means it was cancelled. It is the only amendment that has been repealed.
5 Amendment 19 gave women the right to vote. In the mid-1800s, women started asking to vote. It took a long time for women to get this right. One amendment went to Congress in 1877, but it didn't pass. Finally in 1919, Congress acted. After that, women who meet the set age can vote.
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