A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Reflecting on important developments like the Clinton impeachment, the balanced budget amendment, gay marriages, and the Violence Against Women Act, Vile's updated book will prove invaluable to those studying the United States Constitution. Designed to help students understand the Constitution in all of it splendor and subtlety, Vile 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.

Students new to constitutional law, American politics, and American history will find Vile's book an authoritative starting point, quickly and easily placing the Constitution's sections and amendments in a wider context, and leading them to other important issues and texts. Those already familiar with Constitutional issues will be able to make use of the book as a reference guide, able to lead them at a glance to landmarks in the U.S. Constitutional history and development. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of key books and cases useful for further study. Appendices include a glossary, a table of the 50 most important cases, and the texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.

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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: 9780275972523
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
Ch. 1 The Background of the Constitution 1
Ch. 2 The Preamble and Article I: The Legislative Branch 23
Ch. 3 Article II: The Executive Branch 65
Ch. 4 Article III: The Judicial Branch 87
Ch. 5 Article IV: The Federal System 103
Ch. 6 Articles V-VII: The Amending Provision and Miscellaneous Matters 113
Ch. 7 The Bill of Rights - The First Three Amendments 125
Ch. 8 The Bill of Rights and the Rights of the Accused - Amendments 4-7 153
Ch. 9 The Bill of Rights and Contemporary Amendments - Amendments 8-12 169
Ch. 10 The Post-Civil War Amendments - Amendments 13-15 183
Ch. 11 The Progressive Era Amendments - Amendments 16-19 203
Ch. 12 The Other Amendments - Amendments 20-27 211
Fifty Leading Cases 225
Glossary 231
App The Constitution of the United States 251
App The Declaration of Independence 273
App The Articles of Confederation 279
Index 289
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