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10 Facts About the Last 10 Constitutional Amendments

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

America wouldn’t be what it is without the U.S. Constitution, which was created to lay the groundwork for how the nation would function. But the Constitution isn’t just a relic — it’s a living document that’s always evolving, especially during the 20th century. 

The 10 most recent amendments, 18 through 27, were ratified between the years of 1919 and 1992. Included among these is the groundbreaking 19th Amendment, which codified women’s suffrage and marked a major milestone in the fight for gender equality. These newer amendments also deal with issues such as presidential succession, the date of Inauguration Day, and the sale of alcohol. Here are some more fascinating details about the 10 latest amendments to the Constitution.

The 18th Amendment Led to a Misuse of Doctor’s Notes

Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment prohibited the “manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors” and ushered in the U.S. Prohibition era. This led people to conceive of clever workarounds for acquiring booze. One such method was asking doctors to write prescriptions stating that alcohol consumption was medically necessary for the patient in question, a trick Winston Churchill famously used during visits to the United States.

Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I had no idea, very interesting!   Makes me want a few shots of Tullemore Dew for what ails me !

Apr 11, 2024 08:08 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Will, I love history and the rest of the story. Thanks for sharing this.

Apr 11, 2024 02:14 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Will, the Constitution is an amazing document, and I'm guessing we'll see a few more amendments in the near future.

Apr 11, 2024 06:36 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is hard to imagine how the 18th Amendment gained passage. It seems like such an awful joke now.

Apr 12, 2024 08:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love history, and learning about the Constitution.  It is especially important to understand the founders realized that it may need to be revisited in future years.

Apr 12, 2024 06:04 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

If I remember my US Constitutional history correctly, the 26th Amendment giving the right to vote to those of 18 years or older was past quicker than previous amendments.

Apr 14, 2024 11:29 AM