The Powers of Congress

The Powers of Congress

by Richard Conrad Stein, R. Conrad Stein
     
 

The "Cornerstones of Freedom" detail important events in United States history. Children are given the sense of being witnesses to history-in-the-making and contemporaries of famous people who helped shape the United States into the world power it is today. Starting with the Spring 1992 titles, a brand-new format has been introduced using more photographs (many in… See more details below

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The "Cornerstones of Freedom" detail important events in United States history. Children are given the sense of being witnesses to history-in-the-making and contemporaries of famous people who helped shape the United States into the world power it is today. Starting with the Spring 1992 titles, a brand-new format has been introduced using more photographs (many in full-color), historical engravings, and an easy-to-read typeface. Many popular previously published titles will be updated in this new format. Each book includes an index.

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Gr 3-5-Two revised editions of titles originally published in the late 1980s. Each presents a brief, straightforward overview that begins with the framing of the Constitution and carries forward chronologically to the early 1990s. Along the way, significant events are discussed in slightly greater detail and highlighted with good-quality photographs and reproductions. In Congress, Stein uses the Marbury decision, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the resignation of Richard Nixon, and the struggle between Congress's ability to declare war versus the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief to illustrate the shifting balance among the three branches of government and the roots of the doctrine of separation of powers. In Supreme Court, he cites several landmark cases, such as Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Roe v. Wade, and Miranda v. Arizona, to illustrate the evolution of the Court's powers. He also explains how cases get their names and the impact of some of these decisions. A number of books for slightly older readers deal with the various branches of the American government but, because of their clarity and simplicity, both of Stein's titles will be useful in helping children understand the current political climate by putting things in their proper historical context.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516066967
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Series:
Cornerstones of Freedom Series
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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