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|Ch. 1||Foundations and Purposes of the United States Constitution||1|
|Ch. 2||Article I: The Legislative Branch||39|
|Ch. 3||Article II: The Executive Branch||71|
|Ch. 4||Article III: The Judicial Branch||93|
|Ch. 5||Articles IV, V, VI, and VII: Federalism, the Amending Process, Miscellaneous Matters, and Ratification||105|
|Ch. 6||Amendments One Through Twelve: The Bill of Rights and the Eleventh and Twelfth Amendments||125|
|Ch. 7||Amendments Thirteen Through Fifteen: The Post - Civil War Amendments||173|
|Ch. 8||Amendments Sixteen Through Nineteen: The Progressive Era Amendments||191|
|Ch. 9||Amendments Twenty Through Twenty-Seven: The Modern Amendments||199|
|Ch. 10||A Walk Through American Constitutional History, 1215-1997||213|
|A||The Constitution of the United States||231|
|B||The Declaration of Independence||257|
|C||Articles of Confederation||263|
|D||100 Questions and Answers Used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service||273|
|E||Speakers of the House of Representatives||285|
|F||United States Presidents||289|
|G||United States Supreme Court Justices||291|
|H||The Fifty States||297|