Our Constitutionby Donald A. Ritchie
The United States Constitution is a remarkable document. For more than two hundred years it has proved to be strong and flexible enough both to preserve our rights and prevent despotism. Yet it has never been perfect, and throughout its life has been amended and reinterpreted to adjust to the needs of an ever-growing nation and adapt to evolving ideas of democracy. The five introductory chapters of Our Constitution put the document into historical context and explain its development: Why was the Constitution necessary? What kind of government did it create? What rights does it protect? How has it expanded over time? And how has it been interpreted?
The Constitution itself is presented in a clear and attractive layout, in which every clause of the original seven articles and all twenty-seven amendments, including the Bill of Rights, is clearly explained in a consistent What It Says/What It Means format. Abundant sidebars, charts, and timelines add details on the personalities, cases, and controversies that have shaped the history of each section. Appendices give biographies of all the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, brief accounts of the most significant Supreme Court cases, a glossary of constitutional language, and lists of publications, websites, and museums and historic sites that will enable readers to delve further into the topics that interest them.
Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 news photos, cartoons, paintings, and memorabilia, Our Constitution will enable readers to understand how the U.S. government works, to know its powers and their limits, and to appreciate the meaning of a constitution written in the name of "We the People."
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