The Constitution Of The United States And The Declaration Of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

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Together in one book, the two most important documents in United States history form the enduring legacy of America’s Founding Fathers including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration set forth the terms of a new form of government with the following words: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Framed in 1787 and in effect since March 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America fulfilled the promise of the Declaration by establishing a republican form of government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. Among the rights guaranteed by these amendments are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to trial by jury. Written so that it could be adapted to endure for years to come, the Constitution has been amended only seventeen times since 1791 and has lasted longer than any other written form of government.

Pocket Constitution

Pocket Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Founding Fathers
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- Legislative Process Flowchart - Tips for Contacting Your Members of Congress - Constitution-Related Excerpts (TCNCAM.com) - Declaration of Independence - Constitution of the United States - Amendments to the Constitution - Significant Dates - Index - Gettysburg Address (Bliss copy)

The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

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The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by Jack N Rakove Summary

Here in a beautifully bound cloth gift edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787-88), in which "We the People" 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 "political scriptures," and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian serves as a guide to these texts, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary.

The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution

The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard Beeman
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The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution by Richard Beeman Summary

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. In one portable volume, with accessible annotations and modernizing commentary throughout, Richard Beeman presents The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Beeman has created a fascinating apparatus for understanding the most important document in American history—and why it’s as central in the America of today as it was in creation of the country. Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues. Whether readers are encountering these classic writings for the first time, or brushing up in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, these slim volumes will serve as a powerful and illuminating resource for scholars, students, and civic-minded citizens.

The Canadian Constitution

The Canadian Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adam Dodek
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The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 A new, expanded edition of the first-ever primer on Canada’s Constitution — for anyone who wants to understand the supreme law of the land. The Canadian Constitution makes Canada’s Constitution readily accessible to readers. It includes the complete text of the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982 accompanied by an explanation of what each section means, along with a glossary of key terms, a short history of the Constitution, and a timeline of important constitutional events. The Canadian Constitution explains how the Supreme Court of Canada works, and describes the people and issues involved in leading constitutional cases. Author Adam Dodek, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, provides the only index so far to the Canadian Constitution, as well as fascinating background on the Supreme Court and the Constitution. This revised and expanded edition is a great primer for those coming to Canada’s Constitution for the first time, and a useful reference work for students and scholars.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison
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The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison Summary

Classic Books Library presents this brand new edition of “The Federalist Papers”, a collection of separate essays and articles compiled in 1788 by Alexander Hamilton. Following the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776, the governing doctrines and policies of the States lacked cohesion. “The Federalist”, as it was previously known, was constructed by American statesman Alexander Hamilton, and was intended to catalyse the ratification of the United States Constitution. Hamilton recruited fellow statesmen James Madison Jr., and John Jay to write papers for the compendium, and the three are known as some of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755–1804) was an American lawyer, journalist and highly influential government official. He also served as a Senior Officer in the Army between 1799-1800 and founded the Federalist Party, the system that governed the nation’s finances. His contributions to the Constitution and leadership made a significant and lasting impact on the early development of the nation of the United States.

The Three Documents That Made America

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For the first time ever, the complete founding documents of the United States of America are here in one unabridged recording-the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. Sam Fink, award-winning author of the highly acclaimed illustrated book of The Declaration of Independence, provides concise introductions.

The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States

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The ideal introduction for students, aspiring citizens, and general readers to the documents that are as relevant today as when they were first drafted more than 200 years ago. In the years since their creation, the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1789) have come to be recognized as two of history’s most significant political documents. Yet, while they affect our everyday lives, too few of us are familiar with what they say. In this revised and updated edition, readers will find complete explanations of every section of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution—its Preamble, main body, and amendments—so that readers may fully understand what they meant to our forefathers and what they mean to us today.

America's Founding Documents

America's Founding Documents Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Thomas Jefferson,Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison
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America's Founding Documents by Thomas Jefferson,Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison Summary

Soon after the start of the American Revolutionary War in 1775, the Thirteen Colonies proclaimed their independence from British rule and became the United States of America. The written word proved vital in shaping America's new identity, laying the groundwork for societal principles and political doctrine alike. From Thomas Jefferson and the members of the Second Continental Congress, to Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the authors of these documents had a profound and lasting effect on United States history. This collection includes unabridged versions of five famous and influential documents that helped to found a nation: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Articles of Confederation (1777), the United States Constitution (1787), the Federalist Papers (1787–1788), and the Bill of Rights (1791).

The New American Revolution

The New American Revolution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kayleigh McEnany
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In this essential exploration of the American heartland, Kayleigh McEnany presents an eye-opening collection of interviews and stories about the powerful grassroots populist movement of frustrated Americans left behind by the government that changed the landscape of political campaigns forever Kayleigh McEnany spent months traveling throughout the United States, conducting interviews with citizens whose powerful and moving stories were forgotten or intentionally ignored by our leaders. Through candid, one-on-one conversations, they discussed their deeply personal stories and the issues that are most important to them, such as illegal immigration, safety from terrorist attacks, and religious freedom. The New American Revolution chronicles both the losses of these grassroots voters, as well as their ultimate victory in November 2016. Kayleigh also includes interviews with key figures within President Trump’s administration—including Ivanka Trump, Secretary Ben Carson, Jared Kushner, and many more—and their experiences on the road leading up to President Trump’s historic win. Kayleigh’s journey takes her from a family cabin in Ohio to the empty factories in Flint, Michigan, from sunny Florida to a Texas BBQ joint—and, of course, ends up at the White House. The collective grievance of the American electorate reveals a deep divide between leaders and citizens. During a time of stark political division, Kayleigh discovers a personal unity and common thread of humanity that binds us nevertheless. Through faith in God and unimaginable strength, these forgotten men and women have overcome, even when their leaders turned their heads. An insightful book about the triumph of this powerful movement, The New American Revolution is a potent testament to the importance of their message.

The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents

The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stephen Brennan
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The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents by Stephen Brennan Summary

No matter who you identify with—Democrat or Republican, Tea Party or Green Party, Independent or something else altogether—we the people should read: The Constitution of the United States of AmericaThe Bill of Rights and all of the AmendmentsThe Declaration of IndependenceThe Articles of Confederation Take a moment or two to reflect on the words of our forefathers, as these are the documents that literally created America. The Constitution set up a system of government that remains centuries later. The eloquent words of The Declaration of Independence are an enduring statement of human rights. Written and signed by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other great lights of our historical past, these documents define our freedoms and promise us our futures. And while they are often quoted, they are seldom actually read. Here is an opportunity to reach a new audience, with a fresh design and the same inspiring words. This collection will be a welcome addition to any American who believes in the dream.

Civics 106

Civics 106 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Roger L. Kemp
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This volume contains all of the official documents that have formed the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Three basic documents led to the creation of the United Kingdom. They are the Magna Carta, the Petition of Rights, as well as the Bill of Rights. The documents approved before the U.S. Constitution was adopted included the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress, and the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. Then came the nation's Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Bill of Rights. Over the years, Other Amendments to the Constitution of the United States followed, including America's Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. All of these documents are included in this volume, as well as a chapter on the future of America's democratic form of government. England, many centuries ago, came to the new land, and created New England. This volume shows the documents that created England, the founding nation of the United States of America, as well as how New England was created and how it has evolved over the years.

The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Abraham Lincoln
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The Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Civics 105

Civics 105 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Roger L. Kemp
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Civics 105 by Roger L. Kemp Summary

This volume contains all of the official documents that have formed America's original government over the years, including how it has expanded the laws-of-the nation. This volume has been broken down into three sections for reference purposes. These include those documents approved before the U.S. Constitution, those documents that were approved after it was adopted, and a few recent significant documents that were approved in later years by the U.S. Congress. The documents approved before the U.S. Constitution was adopted included the Mayflower Compact, the Fundamental Order of Connecticut, the first state that had an approved State Constitution, the Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Then came the nation's Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of Massachusetts, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Bill of Rights. Over the years, Other Amendments to the Constitution of the United States followed, including America's Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. All of these documents are included in this volume, as well as a chapter on the future of America's democratic form of government.

The Federalist Papers (Including Declaration of Independence & United States Constitution)

The Federalist Papers (Including Declaration of Independence & United States Constitution) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay
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The Federalist Papers (Including Declaration of Independence & United States Constitution) by Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay Summary

The Federalist Papers, originally written and published during 1787 and 1788 in several New York State newspapers, intended to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution. They were widely read and respected for their masterly analysis and interpretation of the Constitution and constitutional principles upon which the government of the United States was established. This influential collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay remains to this day a treasured historical document for anyone who wants to understand the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings

The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Editors of Thunder Bay Press
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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 Writings is part of the Leather-bound Classics series and is a collection of the crucial documents, speeches, and other writings that shaped the United States. In addition to the Constitution, readers can review the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, important presidential speeches, and many others. Both famous and lesser-known, but equally important, Americans are represented, including Benjamin Franklin, Victoria Woodhull, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and even the creators of the rules of baseball. The founders' inspirational and revolutionary ideals are all here, and this is a perfect volume for anyone who finds the history of America to be a fascinating and enlightening journey.

The Constitution of the United States and Other Historical American Documents

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Presented here for the first time in one volume are the three founding documents of the United States and another that altered and divided the Union for a brief moment in history. Declaration of Independence: Adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, this may be the most famous angry letter in history. Written by Thomas Jefferson and addressed to King George III of England, it lays out the grievances of the king's 13 colonies in North America, and announces that those colonies were now free of English rule. By 1783, after a long, bloody, and expensive war, that freedom became a reality. Articles of Confederation: Soon after independence from England was declared, the Second Continental Congress instituted this first organizing document of the new United States, which was ratified in March 1781. A compromise between those delegates who wanted a strong central government and those who demanded that the states be sovereign, its shortcomings became obvious during the war--such as the fact that the central government had no power to collect taxes or even to enforce requests for funds from the states, which led to a perpetually underfunded revolution against England. United States Constitution: This document replaced the Articles of Confederation on June 21, 1788. One of the most influential works of political philosophy and practicality ever written, it is the oldest national constitution still in use today, and continues to inspire freedom-loving peoples around the world. Its three-pronged system of government--balancing power among legislative, judicial, and executive branches--was groundbreaking. But it failed to address one issue, slavery, that would come to a head a century later. Constitution of the Confederate States: This 1861 document organized the new nation created by the seceding slave states. While quite similar in many ways to the U.S. Constitution, it includes more references to God and religion and more emphasis on state sovereignty, offers specific clauses that seek to limit the influence of big business on politics, and codifies the right to own "negro slaves."Together, these four documents offer a firsthand perspective on the political history of the United States.

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, 7th Edition

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, 7th Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John R. Vile
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A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, 7th Edition by John R. Vile Summary

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments is designed to show students just how revolutionary the Constitution was—and how relevant it remains today. This seventh revised edition of the Companion begins by revisiting the key events leading to the Constitution's ratification, including the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, then explores the document article by article, amendment by amendment, to help readers better understand how each section of the document shapes the world we live in today. In addition, the Companion illuminates how new laws, political debates, and Supreme Court decisions are continually reshaping our understanding of the Constitution and its role in American life and society—including such essential and foundational elements of democracy as voting; elections; the peaceful transfer of power; equality before the law; civil rights and liberties; and the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of the nation's three branches of government.

Our Republican Constitution

Our Republican Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Randy E. Barnett
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Our Republican Constitution by Randy E. Barnett Summary

A concise history of the long struggle between two fundamentally opposing constitutional traditions, from one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars—a manifesto for renewing our constitutional republic. The Constitution of the United States begins with the words: “We the People.” But from the earliest days of the American republic, there have been two competing notions of “the People,” which lead to two very different visions of the Constitution. Those who view “We the People” collectively think popular sovereignty resides in the people as a group, which leads them to favor a “democratic” constitution that allows the “will of the people” to be expressed by majority rule. In contrast, those who think popular sovereignty resides in the people as individuals contend that a “republican” constitution is needed to secure the pre-existing inalienable rights of “We the People,” each and every one, against abuses by the majority. In Our Republican Constitution, renowned legal scholar Randy E. Barnett tells the fascinating story of how this debate arose shortly after the Revolution, leading to the adoption of a new and innovative “republican” constitution; and how the struggle over slavery led to its completion by a newly formed Republican Party. Yet soon thereafter, progressive academics and activists urged the courts to remake our Republican Constitution into a democratic one by ignoring key passes of its text. Eventually, the courts complied. Drawing from his deep knowledge of constitutional law and history, as well as his experience litigating on behalf of medical marijuana and against Obamacare, Barnett explains why “We the People” would greatly benefit from the renewal of our Republican Constitution, and how this can be accomplished in the courts and the political arena.

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Linda Colley
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The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley Summary

Vivid and magisterial, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen reconfigures the rise of a modern world through the advent and spread of written constitutions. A work of extraordinary range and striking originality, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen traces the global history of written constitutions from the 1750s to the twentieth century, modifying accepted narratives and uncovering the close connections between the making of constitutions and the making of war. In the process, Linda Colley both reappraises famous constitutions and recovers those that have been marginalized but were central to the rise of a modern world. She brings to the fore neglected sites, such as Corsica, with its pioneering constitution of 1755, and tiny Pitcairn Island in the Pacific, the first place on the globe permanently to enfranchise women. She highlights the role of unexpected players, such as Catherine the Great of Russia, who was experimenting with constitutional techniques with her enlightened Nakaz decades before the Founding Fathers framed the American constitution. Written constitutions are usually examined in relation to individual states, but Colley focuses on how they crossed boundaries, spreading into six continents by 1918 and aiding the rise of empires as well as nations. She also illumines their place not simply in law and politics but also in wider cultural histories, and their intimate connections with print, literary creativity, and the rise of the novel. Colley shows how—while advancing epic revolutions and enfranchising white males—constitutions frequently served over the long nineteenth century to marginalize indigenous people, exclude women and people of color, and expropriate land. Simultaneously, though, she investigates how these devices were adapted by peoples and activists outside the West seeking to resist European and American power. She describes how Tunisia generated the first modern Islamic constitution in 1861, quickly suppressed, but an influence still on the Arab Spring; how Africanus Horton of Sierra Leone—inspired by the American Civil War—devised plans for self-governing nations in West Africa; and how Japan’s Meiji constitution of 1889 came to compete with Western constitutionalism as a model for Indian, Chinese, and Ottoman nationalists and reformers. Vividly written and handsomely illustrated, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen is an absorbing work that—with its pageant of formative wars, powerful leaders, visionary lawmakers and committed rebels—retells the story of constitutional government and the evolution of ideas of what it means to be modern.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay
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Now introduced by eminent civil libertarian, constitutional scholar, and New York Times bestselling author Alan Dershowitz, The Federalist Papers are a must-have for all scholars of history and government and all Americans. Widely considered to be among the most important historical collections of all time, The Federalist Papers were intended to persuade New York at-large delegates to the Constitutional Convention to accept the newly drafted Constitution in 1787. Authored in parts by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, together as the pseudonym of Publius, the documents have been referred to and heavily cited countless times in all aspects of American government and politics. Together, the eighty-five Federalist essays stand among the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, and other work by the Founding Fathers that helped build and solidify the foundation of American democracy. With its rich history and a new introduction from Alan Dershowitz, one of the most prominent legal minds in the country, The Federalist Papers will educate you on the groundwork that shaped the greatest country in the world.

How to Save the Constitution

How to Save the Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paul B. Skousen,W. Cleon Skousen
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How to Save the Constitution by Paul B. Skousen,W. Cleon Skousen Summary

Our Founding Fathers’ vision for America is under attack—and you can save it. America is a nation unique in the world, a government born under the radical idea of working for the people—not just for a powerful few. Our blueprint? The U.S. Constitution, a brilliant framework of common-sense rules necessary for self-governance. It works no matter which political party is in power. But for more than 150 years, the moral code upon which the Constitution was built has suffered neglect and decay. Millions of Americans have watched this unraveling and longed for a way to stop it. Now that way is here. Follow bestselling authors Paul B. Skousen and Cleon W. Skousen (The Naked Communist) as they guide you through the Constitution, the ways in which its core tenets are faltering, and the direct path necessary to restore them. Along the way, you’ll find review questions and memory tricks to familiarize yourself with the crucial pillars of the American republic, such as the Framers’ 28 great ideas for true liberty, the role of personal responsibility, and the basics of “People’s Law.” How to Save the Constitution is for those who know the United States is in trouble and want to help before it’s too late. Saving our Constitution is the greatest gift this generation could possibly give to the next. Let’s get started! Praise for How to Save the Constitution "It serves as an important foundation piece: a starting point providing a simple overview of the reasons, principles, importance, and ideas of a sound democratic government." —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review "I feel this work would prove an excellent resource in current governmental and political debates in universities and classrooms, particularly for its strict attention to detail in the original historical intentions of the development of policy and law for the independent United States of America."—K.C. Finn, editor, Readers' Favorite

How Rights Went Wrong

How Rights Went Wrong Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jamal Greene
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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLISHERS PROSE AWARD FINALIST | “Essential and fresh and vital . . . It is the argument of this important book that until Americans can reimagine rights, there is no path forward, and there is, especially, no way to get race right. No peace, no justice.”—from the foreword by Jill Lepore, New York Times best-selling author of These Truths: A History of the United States An eminent constitutional scholar reveals how our approach to rights is dividing America, and shows how we can build a better system of justice. You have the right to remain silent—and the right to free speech. The right to worship, and to doubt. The right to be free from discrimination, and to hate. The right to life, and the right to own a gun. Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they also are the source of some of our greatest divisions. We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the right protects. And judges, for their part, seem unable to imagine two rights coexisting—reducing the law to winners and losers. The resulting system of legal absolutism distorts our law, debases our politics, and exacerbates our differences rather than helping to bridge them. As renowned legal scholar Jamal Greene argues, we need a different approach—and in How Rights Went Wrong, he proposes one that the Founders would have approved. They preferred to leave rights to legislatures and juries, not judges, he explains. Only because of the Founders’ original sin of racial discrimination—and subsequent missteps by the Supreme Court—did courts gain such outsized power over Americans’ rights. In this paradigm-shifting account, Greene forces readers to rethink the relationship between constitutional law and political dysfunction and shows how we can recover America’s original vision of rights, while updating them to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Power and Liberty

Power and Liberty Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gordon S. Wood
Editor: Oxford University Press
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New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon S. Wood elucidates the debates over the founding documents of the United States. The half century extending from the imperial crisis between Britain and its colonies in the 1760s to the early decades of the new republic of the United States was the greatest and most creative era of constitutionalism in American history, and perhaps in the world. During these decades, Americans explored and debated all aspects of politics and constitutionalism--the nature of power, liberty, representation, rights, the division of authority between different spheres of government, sovereignty, judicial authority, and written constitutions. The results of these issues produced institutions that have lasted for over two centuries. In this new book, eminent historian Gordon S. Wood distills a lifetime of work on constitutional innovations during the Revolutionary era. In concise form, he illuminates critical events in the nation's founding, ranging from the imperial debate that led to the Declaration of Independence to the revolutionary state constitution making in 1776 and the creation of the Federal Constitution in 1787. Among other topics, he discusses slavery and constitutionalism, the emergence of the judiciary as one of the major tripartite institutions of government, the demarcation between public and private, and the formation of states' rights. Here is an immensely readable synthesis of the key era in the making of the history of the United States, presenting timely insights on the Constitution and the nation's foundational legal and political documents.

American Soul

American Soul Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Justin Buckley Dyer
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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American Soul by Justin Buckley Dyer Summary

American Soul brings together a variety of primary source documents related to the contested meaning and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, and the various speeches and writings assembled together demonstrate how competing interpretations of the Declaration have shaped, and been shaped by, two and a half centuries of political conflict in America.

The Foundation of one Nation: Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, Federalist Papers & Common Sense

The Foundation of one Nation: Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, Federalist Papers & Common Sense Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Thomas Paine,Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay
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The Foundation of one Nation: Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, Federalist Papers & Common Sense by Thomas Paine,Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay Summary

This meticulously edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. "The Foundation of one Nation" is intended for all those who want to learn about the core of American democracy and its principles. It 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.

Property and the Pursuit of Happiness

Property and the Pursuit of Happiness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edward J. Erler
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
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Property and the Pursuit of Happiness by Edward J. Erler Summary

Edward J. Erler argues that the American Founders considered the right to property the comprehensive natural right that included all other rights. They transformed John Locke’s view of property into both a right and a duty, “the pursuit of happiness.” This view of property has been systematically opposed by the rise of the administrative state.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Madison,Alexander Hamilton,John Jay
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The Federalist Papers by James Madison,Alexander Hamilton,John Jay Summary

Considered to be perhaps the most significant America contribution to political thought, The Federalist Papers first appeared in New York newspapers in 1787 under the collective pseudonym of 'Publius'. The aim of the 85 essays was to support the ratification of America's new Constitution and they consisted of 175,000 words. This edition presents edited highlights in a sumptuous silk bound gift edition with decorative slipcase.

Liberty and Union

Liberty and Union Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edgar J. McManus,Tara Helfman
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Liberty and Union by Edgar J. McManus,Tara Helfman Summary

This, the concise edition of Liberty and Union, is an abridged constitutional history of the United States, designed for short single-semester courses, comprising the key topics from Volumes 1 and 2. Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it successfully unites thorough chronological coverage with a thematic approach, offering critical analysis of core constitutional history topics, set in the political, social, and economic context that made them constitutional issues in the first place. Combining a thoughtful and balanced narrative with an authoritative stance on key issues, the authors deliberately explain the past in the light of the past, without imposing upon it the standards of later generations. Authored by two experienced professors in the field, this concise edition presents seminal topics while retaining the narrative flow of the two full original volumes. An accessible alternative to dense scholarly works, this textbook avoids unnecessary technical jargon, defines legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and makes explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in a short undergraduate or postgraduate constitutional history course, or anyone with a general interest in constitutional developments, this book will be essential reading. Useful features include: Full glossary of legal terminology Recommended reading A table of cases Extracts from primary documents Companion website Useful documents provided: Declaration of Independence Articles of Confederation Constitution of the United States of America Chronological list of Supreme Court justices

This Is Our Constitution

This Is Our Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Khizr Khan
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This Is Our Constitution by Khizr Khan Summary

From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone. Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchment but a living, breathing promise of our deepest democratic values. Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan, with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. He immigrated to America and became a citizen, raising his family to appreciate and honor all our nation has to offer. Khizr Khan is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it shines throughout the world. This Is Our Constitution is a personal journey that Khizr Khan is taking with our nation’s young people. The book includes: * A highly personal introduction and conclusion * Notes throughout that share Khizr Khan’s reflections on and connections to the U.S. Constitution * The fascinating history of why and how the Constitution was written *Article by article and section by section, an easy-to-follow explanation of what the Constitution means * A closer look at key amendments, including the Bill of Rights, and pivotal Supreme Court decisions * The complete texts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution This is a book about why the Constitution matters to you, and us all.

The Authentic Constitution

The Authentic Constitution Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Arthur E. Palumbo
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We've strayed far from the original intent of the Framers of the Constitution and founders of the American republic. Art Palumbo discusses the origin and purpose of America's great foundational document in conjunction with the Declaration of Independence and explores the founding principles of the American republic. &br / &br / He details and clarifies the US Constitution's provisions for the proper powers of Congress, monetary policy and taxation, the government's role in regulating commerce, in war, and in foreign policy, the right to bear arms, immigration and other hot-button issues in a w.

Liberty, State & Union

Liberty, State & Union Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Luigi Marco Bassani
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Liberty, State & Union by Luigi Marco Bassani Summary

Thomas Jefferson--author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat and president of the United States--is the most widely studied and genuinely representative Founding Father of his age. Bassani surveys Jefferson's views on the rights of man and state's rights — the core of all his political ideas. After careful examination of his political theory, Jefferson is recognized as a champion of limited government, natural rights and antagonism of the states towards interference by federal powers.

Crisis of the Two Constitutions

Crisis of the Two Constitutions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles R. Kesler
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Crisis of the Two Constitutions by Charles R. Kesler Summary

American politics grows embittered because it is increasingly torn between two rival constitutions, two opposed cultures, two contrary ways of life. American conservatives rally around the founders’ Constitution, as amended and as grounded in the natural and divine rights and duties of the Declaration of Independence. American liberals herald their “living Constitution,” a term that implies that the original is dead or superseded, and that the fundamental political imperative is constant change or transformation (as President Obama called it) toward a more and more perfect social democracy ruled by a Woke elite. Crisis of the Two Constitutions details how we got to and what is at stake in our increasingly divided America. It takes controversial stands on matters political and scholarly, describing the political genius of America’s founders and their efforts to shape future generations through a constitutional culture that included immigration, citizenship, and educational policies. Then it turns to the attempted progressive refounding of America, tracing its accelerating radicalism from the New Deal to the 1960s’ New Left to today’s unhappy campus nihilists. Finally, the volume appraises American conservatives’ efforts, so far unavailing despite many famous victories, to revive the founders’ Constitution and moral common sense. From Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, what have conservatives learned and where should they go from here? Along the way, Charles R. Kesler argues with critics on the left and right, and refutes fashionable doctrines including relativism, multiculturalism, critical race theory, and radical traditionalism, providing in effect a one-volume guide to the increasingly influential Claremont school of conservative thought by one of its most engaged, and engaging, thinkers.

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Complete)

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Complete) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jefferson Davis
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The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Complete) by Jefferson Davis Summary

A duty to my countrymen; to the memory of those who died in defense of a cause consecrated by inheritance, as well as sustained by conviction; and to those who, perhaps less fortunate, staked all, and lost all, save life and honor, in its behalf, has impelled me to attempt the vindication of their cause and conduct. For this purpose I have decided to present an historical sketch of the events which preceded and attended the struggle of the Southern States to maintain their existence and their rights as sovereign communities--the creators, not the creatures, of the General Government. The social problem of maintaining the just relation between constitution, government, and people, has been found so difficult, that human history is a record of unsuccessful efforts to establish it. A government, to afford the needful protection and exercise proper care for the welfare of a people, must have homogeneity in its constituents. It is this necessity which has divided the human race into separate nations, and finally has defeated the grandest efforts which conquerors have made to give unlimited extent to their domain. When our fathers dissolved their connection with Great Britain, by declaring themselves free and independent States, they constituted thirteen separate communities, and were careful to assert and preserve, each for itself, its sovereignty and jurisdiction. At a time when the minds of men are straying far from the lessons our fathers taught, it seems proper and well to recur to the original principles on which the system of government they devised was founded. The eternal truths which they announced, the rights which they declared "unalienable," are the foundation-stones on which rests the vindication of the Confederate cause. He must have been a careless reader of our political history who has not observed that, whether under the style of "United Colonies" or "United States," which was adopted after the Declaration of Independence, whether under the articles of Confederation or the compact of Union, there everywhere appears the distinct assertion of State sovereignty, and nowhere the slightest suggestion of any purpose on the part of the States to consolidate themselves into one body. Will any candid, well-informed man assert that, at any time between 1776 and 1790, a proposition to surrender the sovereignty of the States and merge them in a central government would have had the least possible chance of adoption? Can any historical fact be more demonstrable than that the States did, both in the Confederation and in the Union, retain their sovereignty and independence as distinct communities, voluntarily consenting to federation, but never becoming the fractional parts of a nation? That such opinions should find adherents in our day, may be attributable to the natural law of aggregation; surely not to a conscientious regard for the terms of the compact for union by the States.

Founding Documents of America: Documents Decoded

Founding Documents of America: Documents Decoded Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John R. Vile
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Founding Documents of America: Documents Decoded by John R. Vile Summary

Written by a renowned expert on the American Founding period, this book examines selections of key documents from 1215 through 1791 that were instrumental to the development of the U.S. Constitution and the American political tradition. • Supplies comprehensive explanations of the key documents that influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution • Provides expert commentary on—and clarification of—complex and difficult-to-comprehend passages • Serves to demonstrate how national documents often drew from experiences at the state level • Offers authoritative information that supports any study of America's founding era and the individuals who set the course of the young nation

Constitutional Puzzlers, Grades 4 - 8

Constitutional Puzzlers, Grades 4 - 8 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jeanne Cheyney,Arnold Cheyney
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Constitutional Puzzlers, Grades 4 - 8 by Jeanne Cheyney,Arnold Cheyney Summary

Make learning fun with Constitutional Puzzlers for grades 4 and up! This 96-page book enhances students' understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens as outlined in the founding documents of the United States: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. These fun puzzles and games cover national, state, and local levels and expand students’ knowledge of the U.S. government and Constitution.

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