School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5Two revised editions of titles originally published in the late 1980s. Each presents a brief, straightforward overview that begins with the framing of the Constitution and carries forward chronologically to the early 1990s. Along the way, significant events are discussed in slightly greater detail and highlighted with good-quality photographs and reproductions. In Congress, Stein uses the Marbury decision, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the resignation of Richard Nixon, and the struggle between Congress's ability to declare war versus the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief to illustrate the shifting balance among the three branches of government and the roots of the doctrine of separation of powers. In Supreme Court, he cites several landmark cases, such as Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Roe v. Wade, and Miranda v. Arizona, to illustrate the evolution of the Court's powers. He also explains how cases get their names and the impact of some of these decisions. A number of books for slightly older readers deal with the various branches of the American government but, because of their clarity and simplicity, both of Stein's titles will be useful in helping children understand the current political climate by putting things in their proper historical context.Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Cornerstones of Freedom; Powers of the Supreme Courtby Richard Conrad Stein, Richard C. Stein
Children are given the sense of being witnesses to history-in-the-making in this series that explores important events in United States history. Includes an index.
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