the united states constitution

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Designed to help students understand the Constitution in all of its splendor and subtlety, this book introduces key events of the founding era, the Declaration of Independence, and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention. The Constitution and its amendments are explored section by section, along with pertinent historical events, laws, and cases.

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Genre : Law
Author : John R. Vile
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release : 2006
File : 327 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0275989577

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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution offers a comprehensive overview and introduction to the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of history, political science, law, rights, and constitutional themes, while focusing on its development, structures, rights, and role in the U.S. political system and culture. This Handbook enables readers within and beyond the U.S. to develop a critical comprehension of the literature on the Constitution, along with accessible and up-to-date analysis. The historical essays included in this Handbook cover the Constitution from 1620 right through the Reagan Revolution to the present. Essays on political science detail how contemporary citizens in the United States rely extensively on political parties, interest groups, and bureaucrats to operate a constitution designed to prevent the rise of parties, interest-group politics and an entrenched bureaucracy. The essays on law explore how contemporary citizens appear to expect and accept the exertions of power by a Supreme Court, whose members are increasingly disconnected from the world of practical politics. Essays on rights discuss how contemporary citizens living in a diverse multi-racial society seek guidance on the meaning of liberty and equality, from a Constitution designed for a society in which all politically relevant persons shared the same race, gender, religion and ethnicity. Lastly, the essays on themes explain how in a "globalized" world, people living in the United States can continue to be governed by a constitution originally meant for a society geographically separated from the rest of the "civilized world." Whether a return to the pristine constitutional institutions of the founding or a translation of these constitutional norms in the present is possible remains the central challenge of U.S. constitutionalism today.

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Genre : Constitutional law
Author : Mark V. Tushnet
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2015
File : 1095 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780190245757

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Genre : California
Author : United States
Publisher :
Release : 2001
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105060292021

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Expertly guides readers through the Constitution and its twenty-seven amendments

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Genre : Law
Author : Erin Ackerman
Publisher : W. W. Norton
Release : 2018-10-05
File : 128 Pages
ISBN-13 : 039366466X

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Author : United States
Publisher :
Release : 1969
File : 306 Pages
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015022694213

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Collects the founding documents and essays that are the basis of the American government.

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Genre : History
Author : Stephen Brennan
Publisher : Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Release : 2012-02
File : 208 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781616083465

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Americans revere their Constitution. However, most of us are unaware how tumultuous and improbable the drafting and ratification processes were. As Benjamin Franklin keenly observed, any assembly of men bring with them "all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests and their selfish views." One need not deny that the Framers had good intentions in order to believe that they also had interests. Based on prodigious research and told largely through the voices of the participants, Michael Klarman's The Framers' Coup narrates how the Framers' clashing interests shaped the Constitution--and American history itself. The Philadelphia convention could easily have been a failure, and the risk of collapse was always present. Had the convention dissolved, any number of adverse outcomes could have resulted, including civil war or a reversion to monarchy. Not only does Klarman capture the knife's-edge atmosphere of the convention, he populates his narrative with riveting and colorful stories: the rebellion of debtor farmers in Massachusetts; George Washington's uncertainty about whether to attend; Gunning Bedford's threat to turn to a European prince if the small states were denied equal representation in the Senate; slave staters' threats to take their marbles and go home if denied representation for their slaves; Hamilton's quasi-monarchist speech to the convention; and Patrick Henry's herculean efforts to defeat the Constitution in Virginia through demagoguery and conspiracy theories. The Framers' Coup is more than a compendium of great stories, however, and the powerful arguments that feature throughout will reshape our understanding of the nation's founding. Simply put, the Constitutional Convention almost didn't happen, and once it happened, it almost failed. And, even after the convention succeeded, the Constitution it produced almost failed to be ratified. Just as importantly, the Constitution was hardly the product of philosophical reflections by brilliant, disinterested statesmen, but rather ordinary interest group politics. Multiple conflicting interests had a say, from creditors and debtors to city dwellers and backwoodsmen. The upper class overwhelmingly supported the Constitution; many working class colonists were more dubious. Slave states and nonslave states had different perspectives on how well the Constitution served their interests. Ultimately, both the Constitution's content and its ratification process raise troubling questions about democratic legitimacy. The Federalists were eager to avoid full-fledged democratic deliberation over the Constitution, and the document that was ratified was stacked in favor of their preferences. And in terms of substance, the Constitution was a significant departure from the more democratic state constitutions of the 1770s. Definitive and authoritative, The Framers' Coup explains why the Framers preferred such a constitution and how they managed to persuade the country to adopt it. We have lived with the consequences, both positive and negative, ever since.

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Genre : Constitutional history
Author : Michael J. Klarman
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2016-10-14
File : 840 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780199942039

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Learn about the history and the events that led to first Constitution of the United States, and how it's been revised and amended since then.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author : Karen Faye Judson
Publisher : Enslow Publishing, LLC
Release : 2013-01-01
File : 104 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0766040674

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An up-to-date, all-encompassing, and nonpartisan presentation of questions and answers about the U.S. Constitution and its amendments—an invaluable tool for readers regardless of their political orientation. • Provides thoroughly revised information through the latest term of the U.S. Supreme Court • Presents unique insights and perspective from the author's wide-ranging research and previous publications on the subject • Ideal for students researching specific constitutional topics or engaged in academic competitions regarding the Constitution as well as general readers interested in following and better understanding contemporary political issues

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Genre : Political Science
Author : John R. Vile
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2013-12-12
File : 308 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781610695725

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Genre : Constitutional history
Author : United States
Publisher :
Release : 2001
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105022276310

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