The Bill of Rights: How We Got It and What It Means

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Gr 9 Up-- An in-depth examination of the history and application of this vital document. In the first section, Meltzer begins with the Magna Carta and traces how the growth in written, established political rights led to our adoption of a Bill of Rights, clearly linking the British and American systems. The second section gives the text of each amendment and a brief explanation of it in clear language. The last section demonstrates how each amendment has actually worked in practice. Meltzer uses many cases and examples, from the well-known Miranda decision to laws such as the Wagner Labor Relations Act, which granted workers the right to union protection. He stresses that our basic rights are always under attack and that citizens should be vigilant in protecting them. The narrative remains fairly objective, but Meltzer does advocate stronger federal gun controls. Lindop's The Bill of Rights and Landmark Cases (Watts) discusses many examples of the document's effectiveness without the extensive background offered here, and the Ritchies' U. S. Constitution (Chelsea House, both 1989) gives the history without detailing cases and laws. A comprehensive, clear, and coherent overview. --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780690048056
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 12 years

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