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States’ Right

June 2024
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Contrary to the statement in the July/ August “Frontispiece” that “Congress ratified the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920 …,” Congress does not ratify amendments. The states ratify them; Congress merely proposes them (U.S. Constitution, Article V). What Congress did on that day was to certify that the proposed amendment had been ratified by the required number of states.

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