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The Constitution by
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Explains the early history of The Constitution and it's importance to the people and how it is preserved today.
The Annotated U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by
Publication Date: 2009-11-30
Here in a newly annotated edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787âe"88), in which âeoeWe the Peopleâe#157; 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 âeoepolitical scripturesâe#157; and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prizeâe"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.
On Reading the Constitution by
Publication Date: 2009-06-30
Our Constitution speaks in general terms of liberty and property, of the privileges and immunities of citizens, and of the equal protection of the laws--open-ended phrases that seem to invite readers to reflect in them their own visions and agendas. Yet, recognizing that the Constitution cannot be merely what its interpreters wish it to be, this volume's authors draw on literary and mathematical analogies to explore how the fundamental charter of American government should be construed today.
The U.S. Constitution
The program examines the inception of the Constitution as it succeeded the Articles of Confederation.
The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation to balance power between state and federal governments. Its fifth article allows for amendments. The Bill of Rights protects individuals.
Amending the Constitution
This program is an indispensable tool for helping students to understand the constitutional amendment process and to see its importance in their own lives.
Is the Constitution Antiquated?
Miller questions whether the Constitution is too antiquated to deal with today's problems. Breyer states the Constitution created principles for a government with a participatory democracy.
In Search of the Constitution
Bill Moyers examines the vitality of our nation’s most important document by listening to people who interpret and teach it, as well as people whose lives have been changed by it.