A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments / Edition 5

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Overview

This book offers a set of alphabetically organized entries designed as a one-stop resource for high school and college students, members of the general public, and scholars interested in the numerous proposals that individuals have introduced to amend the U.S. Constitution.

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"Well organized and reliable, it is the best introductory guide to the Constitution currently available. It can be used for senior and AP classes in high schools, as well as college level introductions to the Constitution or courses on US government. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduate students."

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Explains and interprets the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution section by section, then examines the Bill of Rights and the amendments. An introductory chapter gives background on the writing of the Constitution and on documents that influenced the Constitution. Appendices present the text of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles and Confederation. Includes a glossary and a description of 50 key Supreme Court decisions. Vile is professor and chair of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313380082
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. VILE is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

1 The background of the Constitution 1
2 The Preamble and Article I : the legislative branch 23
3 Article II : the executive branch 63
4 Article III : the judicial branch 85
5 Article IV : the federal system 101
6 Articles V-VII : the amending provision and miscellaneous matters 111
7 The Bill of Rights - the first three amendments 123
8 The Bill of Rights and the Rights of the Accused - amendments 4-7 151
9 The Bill of Rights and contemporaneous amendments - amendments 8-12 167
10 The post-Civil War amendments - amendments 13-15 183
11 The progressive era amendments - amendments 16-19 203
12 The recent amendments - amendments 20-27 211
Fifty leading cases 223
Highlights of Constitutional history 253
U. S. Supreme Court Justices 265
App The Constitution of the United States 269
App The Declaration of Independence 291
App The Articles of Confederation 297
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