The Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the United States During the First Century of Its History

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1897 - 442 pages

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Contents

Compensation of members
34
Oath to the Constitution
35
Changing the date of inauguration day and the time of the sessions of Congress
36
Extra sessions of Congress quorum and vote
38
Discipline of members of Congress
39
The present status of amendments relating to the legislative department
67
CHAPTER III
69
Addition of VicePresidents
72
Qualifications of the Executive
73
Choice of President and VicePresident
75
The twelfth amendment
77
Choice of electors by districts
80
Choice of electors by general ticket in each State
84
Election of the President by the people as the legislature of the State shall direct
86
Election of President and VicePresident by a general direct vote
87
Election of President and VicePresident directly by dis tricts
89
Election of President and VicePresident directly by a com bination of districts and votes at large
92
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93
Election of President by a direct vote by States
94
Election from candidates designated by the States
98
Election of President by lot
100
Election of President from Presidential Sections
103
Election of President and VicePresident by the voters as Congress shall direct
104
Election of President and VicePresident in case of no choice at the first election
105
Discussion of schemes for Presidential Election
111
Time of election
114
Federal control over the election of President
115
Settlement of contested Presidential Elections
116
Exclusion of electors from appointment by the President
122
Term of the President and VicePresident
123
Compensation of the President
129
Limitations upon the appointing power of the President
134
Regulation of the power of removal
136
Civilservice reform
138
Military power of the President
140
Election of executive officials
141
Punishment of official misconduct
142
CHAPTER IV
144
Choice of judges
146
Judges to be ineligible to other offices
147
Impeachment
149
Age limit
151
Compensation of judges
153
Jurisdiction of the court
156
Other tribunals for the settlement of disputes between the States and the General Government
159
Summary of the propositions relative to the judiciary CHAPTER V
163
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS AFFECTING THE POWERS OF THE GOVERNMENT 79 Division of powers between the States and the General Gov...
165
Reservation of nondelegated powers to the States 165 80 Reservation of nondelegated powers to the States 81 Effect of express prohibition on Congr...
166
Suits against States
167
Performance of national functions by the States 169 84 Performance of national functions by the States 85 Guaranty of the State governments
170
Acknowledgement of secession
172
Limitations on secession
173
Limitations on the States by the Reconstruction Amend ments
175
Exclusive power of Congress over the seat of government and other sites
176
Abridging territory
177
Annexation of territory
178
Admission of new States
180
Representation of the Territories and the District Columbia in Congress
181
Relation of the United States with individuals
182
The first ten amendments
183
Doctrinaire propositions on the rights of man
185
Titles of nobility
186
Duelling
189
Marriage and divorce
190
Protection of personal liberty
192
Slave insurrections and conspiracies
206
The foreign slave trade
209
The question of abolition
210
Abolition in the seceding States
211
Compensated emancipation
212
Compensation for slaves prohibited
213
Total abolition urged
214
Abolition secured by the thirteenth amendment
217
Citizenship of negroes denied
218
The fourteenth amendment
219
Civil rights clauses of the fourteenth amendment
220
Further enforcement of civil rights
222
Disability of participants in the rebellion
223
Restrictions on the suffrage
226
Extension of the suffrage to negroes
227
The fifteenth amendment
229
Miscellaneous propositions on the suffrage since the fifteenth amendment
235
Suffrage of the Chinese
237
Present condition of the suffrage
239
Publication of the journals
240
Requisitions 212
242
Apportionment of direct taxes
243
141 Taxation of corporations by States
245
Export duties
246
Payment of the Confederate debt
247
Claims for damages arising out of the civil war
248
Payment of the national debt 219
249
Distribution of the surplus
250
Protective tariffs
251
Prohibition of special legislation
252
Status of financial legislation 233
253
Commercial power 234
254
National banks
255
The House of Representatives
256
Issuing of bank notes
257
Legaltender notes
258
Internal improvements
260
Navigation laws and embargoes 263 157 Navigation laws and embargoes 158 Bankruptcy laws
265
The status of commercial powers
266
Foreign affairs
267
Declaration of war
269
The army
270
Military pensions
271
Prohibition of polygamy
272
Protection to labor
273
Education
274
The States to provide free public schools
275
Religion
277
Suunmary of amendments on the powers of the Government
279
CHAPTER VI
281
Proposed amendments in Congress
284
Ratification by conventions
286
Regulation of the ratification by the legislature
287
Propositions to change the majorities required by Article l
292
Ratification by popular vote
293
What constitutes twothirds majority under Article V
295
Is the signature of the governor essential to an amend ment to the Federal Constitution approved by the legis lature of the State
297
What constitutes threefourths of the States
298
Can a State reconsider its action upon an amendment
299
The difficulties of amendment
300
APPENDIX Calendar and bibliography of proposed amendments
306
Qualification of members 21 Incompatibility of other functions for Representatives 22 Apportionment of Representatives
307
Limitation of the number of Representatives 24 Election of Representatives
332
Election of Senators 28 Filling vacancies in the Senate
394

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Page 187 - If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honor, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept or retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.
Page 218 - The Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper to secure to the citizens of each State all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States, and to all persons in the several States equal protection in the rights of life, liberty, and property.
Page 158 - States, between a State and citizens of another State, between citizens of different States, between citizens of the same State, claiming land under grants of different states, and between a State, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens, or subjects.
Page 244 - ... the Constitution of the United States which prohibits a State from passing any law impairing the obligation of a contract. Whatever is granted is secured subject only to the limitations and reservations in the charter or in the laws or constitutions which govern it.
Page 211 - All slaves who shall have enjoyed actual freedom by the chances of the war, at any time before the end of the rebellion, shall be forever free; but all owners of such, who shall not have been disloyal, shall be compensated for them...
Page 179 - Florida also, whensoever it may be rightfully obtained, shall become a part of the United States, its white inhabitants shall thereupon be citizens, and shall stand, as to their rights and obligations, on the same footing with other citizens of the United States, in analogous situations.
Page 138 - That no man, or set of men, are entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which, not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator or judge to be hereditary.
Page 52 - Indians not taxed ; provided, that whenever the elective franchise shall be denied or abridged in any State on account of race or color, all persons of such race or color shall be excluded from the basis of representation.
Page 82 - States, directed to the president of the senate. The president of the senate shall, in the presence of the senate and house of representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted; the person having the greatest number of votes for president shall be president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed...
Page 258 - Their patriotism would certainly prefer its continuance and application to the great purposes of the public education, roads, rivers, canals, and such other objects of public improvement as it may be thought proper to add to the constitutional enumeration of federal powers.

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