The Bill of Rights : Protecting Our Freedom Then and Now

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By 1787, the leaders of America's 13 newly-created states that had just won their independence from Britain convened to draw up the Constitution of the United States. However, citizens of many of the states feared that a new American government could take away certain of their rights, just as the British had done when they were colonies. It was soon agreed to add a series of ten amendments to the Constitution in order to guarantee specific rights to all citizens and states. These first ten amendments are known as...

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Overview

By 1787, the leaders of America's 13 newly-created states that had just won their independence from Britain convened to draw up the Constitution of the United States. However, citizens of many of the states feared that a new American government could take away certain of their rights, just as the British had done when they were colonies. It was soon agreed to add a series of ten amendments to the Constitution in order to guarantee specific rights to all citizens and states. These first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. Syl Sobel presents each of these amendments in this brand-new book, and clearly explains them in terms that grammar school students will find both meaningful and interesting. In the process, he points out fascinating facets of American constitutional history and law. He also explains how such rights as freedom of religion, speech, and assembly, as well as protections from unreasonable searches and a fair trial by jury apply to all of us in our daily lives. Here is a book that will be valued by teachers and enjoyed by young students. Includes line illustrations, a glossary, and a suggested reading list.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
A straightforward introduction about the U. S. Constitution provides the necessary background on the reasons why the Bill of Rights was written. Sobel clearly recounts the negotiation and compromise that occurred among the states and constitutional framers in authoring the Bill of Rights. The final section of the book describes each of the amendments to the Constitution and offers some examples of how these rights are interpreted today. Sobel is strongest in the sections on the history of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. The modern day examples of the amendments in use are either too brief or too general to effectively enhance a child's understanding of the important document today. While the book provides solid factual information, there is not much in the way of narrative or anecdote to excite the reader. Many of the line illustrations of people are awkwardly drawn. Only the illustrations of notable figures are identified; otherwise, the lack of captions causes confusion rather than clarification of the text. A useful and clear glossary and suggested reading list round out this serviceable but lifeless history. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764140211
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 545,399
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Syl Sobel, J.D., is Director, Publications & Media Division, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. He is also the author of How the U.S. Government Works, The U.S. Constitution and You, and Presidential Elections, all available from Barron's

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