On April 8, 1913, the 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was ratified. By: Redactor Independence Maintained, Gained Prohibition Begins to End 1 Comment JFB says: April 8, 2016 at 12:38 am And so states’ rights, and their direct representation in the federal government, was lost. The change shortly changed the republic into the democracy the founders feared and and commenced the centralization of power in Washington. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website − = Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.