The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

by Stephen Krensky
     
 

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VOYA - Diane Colson
With clarity and objectivity, veteran author Stephen Krensky takes on some of the most pivotal documents in the history of the United States. The Bill of Rights examines the history and composition, and a look at how past interpretations affect the lives of students today. The narrative is extremely readable, with each chapter further divided by topical headings. Portraits, historical cartoons, and quotes are placed appropriately within context. Students who need the book for quick research will discover that locating specific information is easy with the clean organizational structure and a thorough index. In the sections on each amendment, the original text is quoted verbatim, and then explained in everyday context. The Emancipation Proclamation is also well-organized and attractive. Krensky begins his historical narrative with the day in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln stated, "I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free." This seemed to announce Lincoln's commitment to end slavery, but some of Lincoln's subsequent statements and actions indicate that he was more politician than humanitarian. Students may draw their own conclusions when reading Lincoln's actual words. As a supplement to traditional history texts, Documents in Democracy flushes out the subtleties of historical documents, demonstrating that the words omitted can be just as powerful as the words chosen. This is the appeal of the series: Begin with the choice of words, in the context of an earlier time, and see how their meanings have been transformed or forgotten. In each volume, Krensky follows the ripples these documents have created throughout history. The Emancipation Proclamation, for example, concludes with the election of President Barack Obama. The publisher recommends the series for eighth grade and up, although middle schools with advanced history classes could benefit as well. (Documents in Democracy) Reviewer: Diane Colson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761449126
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Documents of Democracy Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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