Our Constitution

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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 ...
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Overview

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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"Making the Constitution entertaining isn't easy, but this book succeeds with a generous dose of sidebars, charts and illustrations."--Associated Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195325690
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 851,739
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Why Was the Constitution Necessary?     9
What Kind of Government Did the Constitution Create?     19
What Rights Does the Constitution Protect?     30
How Has the Constitution Expanded over Time?     42
How Is the Constitution Interpreted?     56
The U.S. Constitution
Preamble     68=970 12$lArticle I     70=970 12$lArticle II     108=970 12$lArticle III     118=970 12$lArticle IV     126=970 12$lArticle V     134=970 12$lArticle VI     136=970 12$lArticle VII     138
First Amendment     140
Second Amendment     144
Third & Fourth Amendments     148
Fifth Amendment     152
Sixth Amendment     156
Seventh & Eighth Amendments     160
Ninth & Tenth Amendments     164
Eleventh Amendment     168
Twelfth Amendment     172
Thirteenth Amendment     176
Fourteenth Amendment     180
Fifteenth Amendment     186
Sixteenth Amendment     190
Seventeenth Amendment     194
Eighteenth & Twenty-first Amendments     198
Nineteenth Amendment     202
Twentieth Amendment     206
Twenty-second Amendment     210
Twenty-third Amendment     214
Twenty-fourth Amendment     218
Twenty-fifth Amendment     222
Twenty-sixth Amendment     226
Twenty-seventh Amendment     228
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention     232
Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped the Constitution     238
Constitutional Glossary     241
Further Reading     244
Websites     247
Museums and Historic Sites Related to the Constitution     249
Index     251
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