Featuring 113 primary source documents, The U.S. Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College.
Divided into eleven sections with introductions by members of Hillsdale's Politics Department faculty, readings cover:
-the principles of the American founding;
-the framing and structure of the Constitution;
-the secession crisis and the Civil War;
-the Progressive rejection of the Constitution; and
-the building of the administrative state based on Progressive principles.
America's Founders created a form of government which had, in the words of James Madison, "no model on the face of the earth." Its moral foundation is in the Declaration of Independence and its principle of equal natural rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights.
In recent decades, the way our government operates has departed from the Constitution. Government has become less limited, and our liberties less secure. At the same time, true civic education in America--education in the Constitution--has largely died out. We at Hillsdale College see it as one of our highest duties to reverse this.
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With that same mission guiding it today, Hillsdale College has built a national reputation through its maintenance of a classical core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept any federal or state taxpayer subsidies. It also conducts a large outreach effort that promotes civil and religious liberty, including a monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a current circulation of over two million.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unless people understand the principles upon which our country was founded, they will believe the politicians and end up with unsustainable and unsconstituntional programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, Food Stamps, and unconstitutional and unelected agencies and departments that spend billions of money that would otherwise be in our pockets such as the Dept of Energy, EPA, Dept of Education, Dept of Health and Human Services, etc
This book has the most important documents you will ever read. At a time when the Democratic Party was to fundementally change our country and move it in a direction that the Founder's warned against it is a must read.
I have not read the book because frankly I am a little confused about this NOOK setup. I thought I was purchasing the book to use at home but found out it was in my NOOK. I will purchase the book from a local store and use it for my studies.