A change to the Constitution of the United States is called an amendment. As of 2014, there have been 27 amendments to the document.
The Constitution outlines the process of making amendments in Article V. To make an amendment to this document, two-thirds of both houses of Congress or a national convention called for by two-thirds of state legislatures must adopt the amendment, which then goes to the states. Three-fourths of state legislatures or state ratifying conventions must approve of the amendment before the Constitution changes. The first 10 amendments are better known as the Bill of Rights. The most recent amendment, the 27th Amendment, was introduced in 1789, but became enshrined in the Constitution only in 1992.Learn More
Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship of the states toward one another, and their relationship to the federal government. Section 1 contains the "Full Faith and Credit Clause," which requires each state to extend recognition to the public and legal acts of other states.Full Answer >
The U.S. Constitution was finally ratified, or approved, by all states on May 29, 1790. Although the last of the original 13 states did not ratify the Constitution until 1790, the Constitution had already taken effect in March 1789, when the ninth state, New Hampshire, ratified the Constitution.Full Answer >
The three main parts of the U.S. Constitution are the Preamble, the Articles (numbering seven) and the Amendments (numbering 27). The Constitution was drafted by the Founding Fathers in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention.Full Answer >
The Articles of Confederation's only pro was to repel the dangers of a strong federal government. The incapacitating limitations in that regard were rectified by the U.S. Constitution, which maintained all the pros of the Articles of Confederation and eliminated its cons.Full Answer >