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The U. S. Constitution

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From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to ...

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Overview

From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.

The series Your Government: How It Works provides an in-depth examination of our government and its processes and makes clear how our informed participation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.

The U.S. Constitution explores the ideals and debates that shaped this enduring document, which has formed the foundation of our government and allowed the United States to prosper as the longest-lasting democracy in the world. Looking at the conflicts and compromises of colonial and early federal times helps readers understand the solid base upon which the Constitution was built, as well as its ability to evolve and grow with the needs of the country.

Written more than 200 years ago, the Constitution spells out the basic rights of U.S. citizens, including freedom of speech, religion, and the press. Amendments to the original document have, for example, abolished slavery and guaranteed women the right to vote. As this amazing document enters another century of existence, an understanding of its origins is still essential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791059913
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Your Government Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Government: Crises of Confidence 5
1 A Rising Sun 9
2 A Long Time Coming 17
3 Compromises Great and Small 25
4 The Rocky Road to Ratification 33
5 A Long Shadow 43
6 A Flexible Fit 51
Glossary 61
Further Reading 62
Index 63
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