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The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers

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Overview

* What famous American refused to attend the Constitutional Convention because he "smelt a rat?" * Why was a Bill of Rights omitted from the original Constitution? * Can a president be sued for actions he takes in office? * On what grounds may Congress punish its members? * Where did the expression "separate but equal" originate? * Do juvenile defendants have the same constitutional protection as adults? * Is obscenity protected by the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press? * What is the Lemon test? * What is the only Constitutional Amendment that has been ratified by special state conventions rather than by state legislatures? These and other provocative questions are answered in this easy-to-follow guide that makes learning about the Constitution fun for students. Written clearly, this guide addresses those topics of the Constitution students inquire most about, from its origins and background through the adoption of the 27th Amendment. The information in each chapter is organized in a logical progression to carry the reader along to a basic understanding of the provisions and is peppered with fascinating facts and intriguing legal interpretations of topics of interest to young adults.
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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Writing for high school students, the author employs a short question and answer format to illustrate important basic facts and principles of the U.S. Constitution, its amendments, and its history. He takes readers step by step through the foundations and purposes of the Constitution, the seven articles, ratification, the amendments, and a brief treatment of Constitutional history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher

"It will be most useful for students researching specific constitutional topics or engaged in academic competitions regarding the Constitution as well as general readers interested in following and better understanding contemporary political issues."

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ARBA

"[T]his well-researched book . . . answers most of the questions readers may have regarding the history and application of, and controversies surrounding, the U.S. Constitution. . . . Perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of Constitutional history."

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Library Journal

"Curious about letters of marque and reprisal, symbolic speech, or concurrent powers? In this thorough update to the 1998 edition, eminent constitutional scholar Vile provides information about these and many of the other multitude of big (and small) questions that surround not only the U.S. Constitution but also its foundations and evolution over the last 226 years. . . . Vile's nuanced overview provides students and general readers seeking a better understanding of the founding document with an excellent educational primer."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313306433
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1998
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. VILE is Chair of the Political Science Department at Middle Tennessee University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
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
Index 301
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