THE CONGRESS: Youth v. the Constitution

For years our citizens between the ages of 18 and 21 have, in time of peril, been summoned to fight for America. They should participate in the political process that produces this fateful summons.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower's State of the Union Message, 1954.

The U.S. Senate last week voted 34 to 24 in favor of the amendment that would add to the nation's electorate 6,200,000 youths between 18 and 21. But the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. The 24 Senators who blocked the amendment were all Democrats, many of them Southerners, who based their opposition mainly on the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!