The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

by Jack Rakove
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Harvard University Press
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The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Here in a beautifully bound cloth gift edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787-88), in which “We the People” forged a new nation and built the framework for our federal republic. Together with the Bill of Rights and the Civil War amendments, these documents constitute what James Madison called our “political scriptures,” and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian serves as a guide to these texts, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary.

In an introductory essay written for the general reader, Jack N. Rakove provides a narrative political account of how these documents came to be written. In his commentary on the Declaration of Independence, Rakove sets the historical context for a fuller appreciation of the important preamble and the list of charges leveled against the Crown. When he glosses the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the subsequent amendments, Rakove once again provides helpful historical background, targets language that has proven particularly difficult or controversial, and cites leading Supreme Court cases. A chronology of events provides a framework for understanding the road to Philadelphia. The general reader will not find a better, more helpful guide to our founding documents than Jack N. Rakove.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674036062
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Edition description: Annotated
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

  • A Note to the Reader

  • Introduction
    The Declaration of Independence
    The U.S. Constitution
    Amendments to the Constitution
  • A Calendar of Events
  • Further Reading
  • Credits
  • Acknowledgments

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The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CrackerJack505 More than 1 year ago
DdonAPsleuth More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rakove is at his best covering this fascinating subject about our nation's leading document. It's interpretation by scholars is an ongoing process. It is a compact volume and easy to find quick material about each section and clause in the document. I find it helpful when teaching class and needing a quick interpretation for students. Students have found it an easy read and a valuable research tool.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Be aware when purchasing that B&N deems this a "textbook" and it is therefore not eligible for discounts. Nowhere on the page is this designation stated, so I'm just leaving this note for future buyers.