The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution

A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections from The Federalist Papers
Author: Richard Beeman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110145900X
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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What is the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court really allowed to do? This unique and handy guide includes the documents that guide our government, annotated with accessible explanations from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars. Known across the country for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Professor Richard Beeman is one of the nation's foremost experts on the United States Constitution. In this book, he has produced what every American should have: a compact, fully annotated copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and amendments, all in their entirety. A marvel of accessibility and erudition, the guide also features a history of the making of the Constitution with excerpts from The Federalist Papers and a look at crucial Supreme Court cases that reminds us that the meaning of many of the specific provisions of the Constitution has changed over time. "Excellent . . . valuable and judicious." -Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

Magna Carta

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Sovereign via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1909676519
Category: History
Page: 30
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The Magna Carta, issued in 1215 by King John. 'No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions ... except by the lawful judgement of his peers...To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.' Although not originally intended as a bill of rights, Magna Carta was used in these terms whenever people's liberties were challenged and is celebrated today as England's eary form of democracy. The continuing symbolic significance of Magna Carta was shown when the universal Declaration of Human Rights was presented to the United Nations in 1948 as a 'Magna Carta for the future'.

The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation

Author: Thomas Jefferson,Second Continental Congress,Constitutional Convention
Publisher: Wilder Publications Limited
ISBN: 9781604592689
Category: Law
Page: 70
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Collected here in one affordable volume are the most important documents of the United States of America: The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation. These three documents are the basis for our entire way of life. Every citizen should have a copy.

Documents of American Democracy

A Collection of Essential Works
Author: Roger L. Kemp
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786456744
Category: Political Science
Page: 250
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This reference work presents 27 key documents from the historic origins of the United States government through its subsequent expansion and evolution. The book is divided into five sections, the first of which is an introductory essay about American democracy. Section II includes three documents that laid the foundation for America’s government: the Magna Carta, the 1628 Petition of Right, and England’s Bill of Rights. The third section presents 13 core documents, such as the Mayflower Compact, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Section IV provides 11 documents of America’s territorial expansion, from the Treaty of Paris through the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and the Alaska Treaty and Hawaii Resolution. The final section is an essay about the future of democracy. There are 12 useful appendices.

American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials 2008

Author: Barbara Bardes,Mack Shelley,Steffen Schmidt
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495503258
Category: Political Science
Page: 624
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The best-selling book published for American Government, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS 2008 EDITION enables students to experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship. Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt's text is renowned for providing unbiased, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes in a concisely organized package. Inspiring and captivating, the text's overriding theme is the importance of informed active citizenship. The pedagogy underscores this theme by soliciting critical thinking about political issues and encouraging students to become involved the political process. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS 2008 EDITION incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American government. This truly interactive text gives students more than reading material--it gives them tools to become good citizens. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Origin of the Nation: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Other Amendments, Federalist Papers & Common Sense

Creating America - Landmark Documents that Shaped a New Nation
Author: Thomas Paine,Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay
Publisher: Madison & Adams Press
ISBN: 8026875125
Category: History
Page: 616
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“The Origin of the Nation” is an essential collection for all those who want to learn about the core of American democracy and its principles. This collection is comprised of the most important legal documents in early American history: United States Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Beside these landmark documents, through the words of Federalist Papers and Common Sense you will understand how American identity was shaped, what were the principles upon which the government of the United States was established.

The American Reader

A Brief Guide to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights
Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497697336
Category: History
Page: 160
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The three most important documents in American history—expanded and explained. In the centuries since the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, as well as its Bill of the Rights, the liberties set forth within these documents have faced many challenges, including war, unrest, political debate, and legal disputes. Such trials persist today, but the initial strength of our founding papers—shining as beacons of hope and freedom to America and beyond—continues to stand the test of time. Now, The American Reader provides a brief summary and analysis of these landmark documents: examining constitutional interpretation, specifically originalism vs. living Constitution; exploring the Declaration’s “saving principles,” expressed by Frederick Douglass, one of many influential leaders referenced in this concise guide; and more. Also included are noteworthy facts about the founding fathers, a detailed timeline of events, and other fascinating trivia. At a time when our understanding of individual liberties in America is especially imperative, this essential reference puts our country’s foundational beliefs into much-needed modern perspective.

The U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights

Author: Charles E. Pederson
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 9781616133368
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 112
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This title examines an important historic event, the making of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Readers will learn about the events leading up to the making of these historic documents, including the European settlement in America and the Revolutionary War. Covered in detail are the First Continental Congress, the Connecticut Compromise, the Constitutional Convention, the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the first presidential election. Key players, such as George Washington, James Madison, Edmund Randolph, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin are included. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Gateways to Democracy: The Essentials

Author: John G. Geer,Wendy J. Schiller,Jeffrey A. Segal,Richard Herrera,Dana K. Glencross
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305686179
Category: Political Science
Page: 592
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The Essentials versions of GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY introduces the American political system to students, pointing out in each chapter the “gateways” that facilitate, or at times block, participation. In emphasizing how the political system works-and how individuals and groups have opened gates to influence public policy-the text helps students see the relevance of government in their lives. The third edition provides coverage of the 2014 midterm elections as well as enhanced discussion of the politics, policies, and issues affecting Latinos in the United States. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Essential Documents of American History, Volume I

From Colonial Times to the Civil War
Author: Bob Blaisdell
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486797309
Category: History
Page: 528
View: 2017

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The most important documents in American history: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, presidential speeches, Supreme Court decisions, Acts and Declarations of Congress, essays, letters, and much more.


The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788
Author: Pauline Maier
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684868555
Category: History
Page: 587
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Drawing on the speeches and letters of the United States' founders, the author recounts the dramatic period after the Constitutional Convention and before the Constitution was finally ratified, describing the tumultuous events that took place in homes, taverns and convention halls throughout the colonies. By the author of American Scripture.

American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2013 - 2014 Edition

Author: Barbara Bardes,Mack Shelley,Steffen Schmidt
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133604374
Category: Political Science
Page: 640
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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS, 2013-2014 EDITION inspires readers to join the exciting process of being active, informed citizens. Unbiased, concisely organized, and updated with Election 2012 coverage and a new focus on learning outcomes, the text’s fundamental theme continues to be the importance of participating in active citizenship, emphasizing continual critical thinking about political issues, and encouraging readers to become involved in the political process. With a keen understanding of the needs and interests of today’s learners, the authors incorporate interesting and relevant current examples to stimulate learning and excitement. The text is completely redesigned for even greater reader appeal. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

Constitutional Documents and Records, 1776-1787
Author: Merrill Jensen
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 9780870201530
Category: History
Page: 391
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The inaugural volume in the series, Constitutional Documents and Records 1776-1787 is an introduction to the issues that underlie the ratification struggle that followed. Some of the men who debated the ratification of the Constitution had been debating issues of balance of power between a central government and state or colonial governments since the beginning of the disputes that led to the Declaration of Independence. The continuity of men and issues is illustrated in the documents contained in the volume, and provide an essential background to the Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution and Other Key American Writings

Author: Founding Fathers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 162686408X
Category: History
Page: 448
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“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union . . . ” — The U.S Constitution The U.S. Constitution and Other Key American Writings is part of the Word Cloud Classics series and a collection of the crucial documents that established the United States. In addition to the Constitution, readers can study supplementary texts like the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, and even important speeches by early presidents. The Founding Fathers’ inspirational and revolutionary ideals are all included in these doctrines, and this is a perfect volume for anyone who finds the history of America to be a fascinating and enlightening journey.

Founding the Republic

A Documentary History
Author: John J. Patrick
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313292262
Category: History
Page: 272
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Discusses the issues that confronted the framers of our government, shows how they arrived at consensus from their numerous conflicting positions, and includes a chronology of major events and seven topically arranged sections of documents.