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 2 Comments John F Brennan says: April 8, 2017 at 9:13 am A very sad day in history, the beginning of the end for strong representation of the States and protection of their rights in the Federal government. Reply Drik says: April 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm And our republic was betrayed. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website + one = Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.