The Dictionary of the U. S. Constitution

The Dictionary of the U. S. Constitution

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by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg
     
 

The United States Constitution is, of course, a document every citizen should be familiar with. But how does one arrive at an understanding of a document that is written mostly in 18th-century language and open 21st-century interpretations? This book, an A-Z dictionary of concepts and terms found in the Constitution or related to it, points the way. The 350-plus… See more details below

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The United States Constitution is, of course, a document every citizen should be familiar with. But how does one arrive at an understanding of a document that is written mostly in 18th-century language and open 21st-century interpretations? This book, an A-Z dictionary of concepts and terms found in the Constitution or related to it, points the way. The 350-plus entries in this dictionary treat themes as diverse as impeachment, judicial review, freedom of religion, and privacy. Each article and amendment of the Constitution is discussed from many perspectives, and extensive cross-referencing directs readers to relevant entries or sections of the Constitution. Boldfaced block quotes highlight interesting notions and observations about liberty, representative, government, or the sometime failings of the Constitution to live up to its promise of equal protection of the laws and due process of law for all people.

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Gr 7 Up-This book contains alphabetical entries that range from a single explanatory paragraph to two-to-three page discussions of constitutional issues. Feinberg defines terms or concepts, complete with historical background and summaries of pertinent court cases and laws. There are entries for currently used legal and constitutional terms, as well as historical terms that describe the framing and evolution of the Constitution from its roots in British common law. In addition, the author provides explanatory entries for each article of the Constitution and the entire text of the document, clarified through her margin notes. Her definitions and explanations are quite clear, even for difficult legal terms such as procedural and substantive due process and concepts such as the incorporation of the Bill of Rights. The author is objective in her treatment of controversial subjects. There is extensive cross-referencing, as well as a comprehensive index and a very complete bibliography. Average-quality black-and-white photos and illustrations, identified and explained by long captions, supplement the text. Margins feature quotes from historians, politicians, and legal scholars, as well as lists of officeholders and other related material. Although there are many books about various aspects of the Constitution, this resource offers students readable, easily understood information for reports and general background knowledge.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531115701
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Watts Reference Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.81(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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