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The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

by Lucia Raatma

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In an effort to make history more intriguing for young readers, the "Bringing History to Life" series provides an informative study of moments in history from the point of view of those who lived in the past as well as those in the present. This volume discusses the presentation of The Bill of Rights by James Madison to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1789. Each amendment is then presented as written in the Constitution, followed by an explanation of how that amendment relates to everyday life. Differing interpretations of the rights are discussed, including the right to religion and the right to bear arms. "Spotlight" boxes draw attention to particular rights by providing narrative, such as showing how citizens were once required to provide housing for the military. Sidebars highlight "Yesterday's Headlines" and "Today's Prospective." Historical photos and modern photos illustrate the amendments. A timeline, list of influential people, and a list of resources lend further understanding. This short, informative book would be quite useful in giving young readers a better understanding of the freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the United States. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series
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Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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