In many ways this is an extension of my Bill of Rights series as I am simply going to continue to look at each Amendment as they come up starting with number eleven and going to the end. The key difference I see is that each of the amendments that follow the Bill of Rights is pretty much a reaction to something with a history behind it. In many ways this is going to be much more complicated as each of these Amendments has a rational based in historical events and problems.
The history that leads up to each amendment is going to be interesting to me. No one proposes constitutional amendments unless there is usually a reason for it but the question always comes up if that rational was reasonable or necessary. That is also something I will be looking at. This should be a fun series but also one that stretches my understandings of the US Constitution.
The fist of these was passed in 1795 so it is pretty clear that even as the ink was drying on the Bill of Rights something was up that caused people to visit the Amendment process again. The last of these was passed in 1992 so it has been well over twenty years since one was passed. Some of them come in bunches others just sit alone as something that warranted attention for some reason. The goal of this series will be to find that reason and evaluate it. Should be fun and enlightening.