A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments / Edition 4

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Overview

Designed to help students understand the Constitution in all of its splendor and subtlety, this book introduces key events of the founding era, the Declaration of Independence, and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention. The Constitution and its amendments are explored section by section, along with pertinent historical events, laws, and cases.

Since the Third Edition was published in 2001, we have witnessed another presidential election, a second war with Iraq, significant Supreme Court cases on privacy, the death penalty, affirmative action, searches and seizures, and, perhaps most significantly, a series of developments related to America's response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her intention to resign. This new edition encompasses all of these developments.

The Fourth Edition is the first to be thoroughly revised in its entirety, rather than merely updated. The language has been made even more accessible, rendering this an ideal starting point for students, as well as new citizens, who may be unfamiliar with constitutional law, American politics, or American history. Those already familiar with constitutional issues will be able to make use of the book as a reference guide to landmarks in constitutional history and development. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of key books and cases useful for further study. The book includes a glossary; the texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution; and a section on how to locate cases and understand citations. Fifty leading cases are briefly described. Finally, the book includes two all-new sections, Highlights in Constitutional History and U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

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Meet the Author

John R. Vile is professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro. He is the author and coeditor of numerous books, including Encyclopedia of the First Amendment as well as Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-1995; The Constitutional Convention of 1787; Great American Lawyers; Great American Judges, and Essential Supreme Court Decisions among others.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The Background and Purposes of the Constitution Chapter 2: Article I: The Legislative Branch Chapter 3: Article II:The Executive Branch Chapter 4: Article III: The Judicial Branch Chapter 5: Article IV: The Federal System Chapter 6: Articles V-VII: The Amending Provision and Miscellaneous Matters Chapter 7: The Bill of Rights Chapter 8: The Bill of Rights: Of Arms and Men—Amendments 2-3
Chapter 9: The Bill of Rights and the Rights of the Accused and the Convicted—Amendments 4-8
Chapter 10: The Bill of Rights, the Rights of the States Chapter 11: The Post-Civil War Amendments—Amendments 13-15
Chapter 12: The Progressive Era Amendments—Amendments 16-19
Chapter 13: The Recent Amendments—Amendments 20-27
Reading Supreme Court Decisions Glossary Highlights of Constitutional History U.S. Supreme Court Justices Appendix 1: The Constitution of the United States Appendix 2: The Declaration of Independence Appendix 3: The Articles of Confederation Index

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