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.

Appeared in: Volume 1, Number 4 | Published on: June 1, 2006

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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