The United States Constitution

The United States Constitution

by Karen Judson
     
 

Since its adoption on September 17,1787, the Constitution has been the supreme law of the United States. Created by fifty-five delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, this document defines the roles and responsibilities of the federal and state governments as well as the rights of United States citizens. Throughout the years, the interpretation

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Since its adoption on September 17,1787, the Constitution has been the supreme law of the United States. Created by fifty-five delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, this document defines the roles and responsibilities of the federal and state governments as well as the rights of United States citizens. Throughout the years, the interpretation of the Constitution has varied to accommodate the needs and changes in our country. Amendments to the Constitution have been made, and sometimes repealed, throughout the years.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
The Constitution of the United States is the world's oldest written constitution. One of the reasons it has been able to continue for over 200 years is that it was written to include the ability to be changed. It is also a rarity in that it puts limits on the government, not on the people. We speak today about the founding fathers and try to recall their intent in the framing of the Constitution, but we frequently forget that none of the signers was entirely happy with the document. Instead, it was the result of many compromises. Some wanted a stronger central government; others wanted states to have practically all the power. Some wanted to favor the big states; others were afraid the smaller states would have no voice. The Constitution we have tries to bring all these views together to "form a more perfect Union." With chapters that cover the founding fathers, the creation of the Constitution, the compromises made to resolve the big disagreements, the Bill of Rights, and the issues of today that are affected by the Constitution, this book includes many facts about the Constitution and explains its meaning and purpose. The presentation makes this text more suitable for research purposes than for an engaging read. Most of the details needed for a project or a report will be found in these pages. An index makes it easy to find the specific information needed, and a glossary defines more difficult words and concepts. Suggestions for Further Reading and a list of websites provide options for students in need of further sources or interested in learning more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464401732
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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