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Appeared in: Volume 1, Number 4
Published on: June 1, 2006
A Short History of a Big Mistake

Americans revere the Framers, but few realize how distorted their handwork became at the hands of the 17th Amendment.

Ralph A. Rossum is Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism and Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College; his most recent book is Antonin Scalia's Jurisprudence: Text and Tradition (University Press of Kansas, 2006).

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