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17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators


Americans did not directly vote for senators for the first 125 years of the Federal Government. The first proposal to amend the Constitution to elect senators by popular vote did not gain considerable support until the late 19th century when several problems related to Senate elections had become evident.
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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom


On August 28, 1963 a quarter million people came to the nation's capital to petition their duly elected government in a demonstration known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Frustrated by the inaction of a gridlocked Congress, the marchers called for Congress to pass the Civil Rights bill.
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