The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution of the United States

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With the birth of the American Revolution came the need to develop an alternative form of government. The American revolutionaries who spurned continued governance by King George III of England were faced with the daunting task of developing a form of government that would balance their new desires for liberty. After much thought and debate, the Colonial leaders drafted the Articles of Confederation. For thirteen years this document would provide the governmental structure for what was to become the United States. The story of the development, implementation and final replacement of the Articles of Confederation is the subject of this illustrated history book. Author Feinberg focuses her able writing talents upon the technical and philosophical underpinnings of the American nation's first governmental structure. Ultimately, the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the Federal Constitution. Issues of land disputes, militia problems, Congressional absenteeism, and generally poor cohesiveness led to the discarding of the Articles of Confederation. However, as the author of this informative book indicates, the Articles of Confederation created the circumstance whereby the American nation could emerge. Readers with any interest in the "first steps" in American political science will find this a helpful and resource laden book. 2002, Twenty-First Century Books, $24.90. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 6-10-A history of the writing and ratification of this important document. Additionally, the book includes the text of the Articles, a list of the signers, source notes, and a four-page time line. Feinberg fairly presents the limitations of the document and clearly describes the roles given to the executive departments, Congress, and the courts. Black-and-white reproductions of maps, portraits, and drawings supplement the text. There are some general surveys that have sections or chapters about the Articles, including Joy Hakim's fine From Colonies to Country (Oxford, 1993). However, Feinberg's book is a competent examination of the subject.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761321149
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    Great book!

    Very well detailed and understanable. Even though it's primary focus is for kids, it helps to better understand the events without so much large vocabulary.

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