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
A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections from The Federalist Papers
Author: Richard Beeman
Category: Political Science
The National Center for Constitutional Studies has printed a special edition copy of The Constitution of the United States that has been proofed word for word against the original Constitution housed in the Archives in Washington, D.C. It is identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. This 48-page pocket sized booklet contains The Constitution of the United States (including The Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-27) and The Declaration of Independence. Its dimensions are 3.25" X 6.5". On the front cover of this pocket Constitution there is a four-color picture of George Washington holding a quill in his hand, inviting each of us to pledge our support for and commitment to The Constitution of the United States by maintaining and promoting its standard of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. You are invited to: 1. Purchase multiple copies of this pocket Constitution and keep one with you; 2. Read The Constitution of the United States; 3. Sign the Constitution Pledge on the back cover of this pocket Constitution (see below); 4. Become fluent in your knowledge of the Constitution and correct principles of Government; 5. Give your family and friends a copy of this pocket Constitution and personally invite them to read and study the Constitution. Commit them to purchase copies of this Pocket Constitution and share them with their family and friends following the same pattern as above. - Publisher.
Author: National Center for Constitutional Studi
Presents an illustrated version of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
Author: David Catrow
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
This is the second edition of Professor Tushnet's short critical introduction to the history and current meaning of the United States' Constitution. It is organised around wo themes: first, the US Constitution is old, short, and difficult to amend. Second, the Constitution creates a structure of political opportunities that allows political actors, icluding political parties, to pursue the preferred policy goals even to the point of altering the very structure of politics. Deploying these themes to examine the structure f the national government, federalism, judicial review, and individual rights, the book provides basic information about, and deeper insights into, the way he US constitutional system has developed and what it means today.
A Contextual Analysis
Author: Mark Tushnet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Author: Charles Austin Beard
Category: Constitutional history
This casebook emphasizes the text, structure, and history of the Constitution. It uses "great cases" for learning the major issues in constitutional law, and it gives less attention to small ripples of contemporary doctrine. It emphasizes the task of interpretation, including many examples of the interpretation of the Constitution by the political branches. And it includes features of our constitutional history that are neglected in many casebooks, such as slavery, the amendment process, and the early history of the freedom of speech. The third edition has many refinements. It also has more coverage of executive discretion, the taxing and spending powers, the Necessary and Proper Clause, incorporation, and the drafting of the Fourteenth Amendment. It is now suitable not only for a survey course, but also for a course focused on federalism, on the First Amendment, or on the Fourteenth Amendment. For more information and additional teaching materials, visit the companion site.
Author: Michael Paulsen,Steven Calabresi,Michael McConnell,William Baude,Samuel Bray
Publisher: Foundation Press
As professor of law at the College of William and Mary, St. George Tucker in 1803 published View of the Constitution—the first extended, systematic commentary on the United States Constitution after its ratification and later its amendment by the Bill of Rights. View was originally part of Tucker's "Americanized" or "republicanized" edition of the multivolume Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir William Blackstone. Generations of American law students, lawyers, judges, and statesmen learned their Blackstone—and also their understanding of the Constitution—through Tucker. As Clyde N. Wilson notes, "Tucker is the exponent of Jeffersonian republicanism . . . in contrast to the commercial republicanism of New England that has since the Civil War been taken to be the only true form of American philosophy." In addition to the entirety of View, the Liberty Fund volume includes seven other essays from Tucker's renowned edition of Blackstone. These include "On the Study of Law," "Of the Unwritten, or Common Law of England," and "Of the Several Forms of Government." St. George Tucker (1752–1827) was an officer in the American Revolutionary Army, a Professor of Law, justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, judge of the Federal District Court for Virginia by appointment of President James Madison, progenitor of a long line of jurists and scholars, and stepfather of John Randolph of Roanoke. Clyde N. Wilson is Professor of History and Editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun at the University of South Carolina.
With Selected Writings
Author: St. George Tucker
One of the United States' most influential legal scholars and jurists wrote this landmark treatise before the Civil War, describing federalism, states' history, freedoms, and constitutional structure. He abridged it in 1833 into this important work. Adding a new Foreword by constitutional scholar Kermit Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School, the quality Quid Pro edition features active Contents and embedded pagination from the original. Part of the Legal Legends Series.
Author: Joseph Story
Publisher: Quid Pro Books
Presents the full text of the Constitution with commentary from leading scholars, including former Chief Justice Warren Burger, Congressional leaders Tip O'Neill and Robert Dole, and Senator Charles Mathias, leading Congressional expert on the Constitutio
Author: Byron Preiss,United States
Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
So I was surprised to find that while the United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with the Bill of Rights was here, the full current Constitution with all amendments was not. So here it is. This is of course subject to change, but fortunately with great difficulty. The writers of the original document were wise to make modification through amendments difficult. This has served to keep all sorts of nonsense out of this great document. In fact reading this entire document I was impressed with it once more and could only find one foolish amendment: Amendment XVIII better known as the Prohibition Amendment. There was actually an interesting piece in Smithsonian Magazine about how this amendment came to pass in such short order. It was due to the coming together of some strange bedfellows: The Ku Klux Klan, The Industrial Workers of the World (wobblies), Suffragettes, the Temperance Movement, as well as various churches. This confluence also produced ratification of Amendment XIX-women's suffrage-so there really is a silver lining to every cloud.
Author: United States
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Publisher: A & D Publishing
When the first two volumes of William Crosskey's monumental study of the Constitution appeared in 1953, Arthur M. Schlesinger called it "perhaps the most fertile commentary on that document since The Federalist papers." It was highly controversial as well. The work was a comprehensive reassessment of the meaning of the Constitution, based on examination of eighteenth-century usages of key political and legal concepts and terms. Crosskey's basic thesis was that the Founding Fathers truly intended a government with plenary, nationwide powers, and not, as in the received views, a limited federalism. This third volume of Politics and the Constitution, which Crosskey began and William Jeffrey has finished, treats political activity in the period 1776-87, and is in many ways the heart of the work as Crosskey conceived it. In support of the lexicographic analysis of volumes 1 and 2, volume 3 shows that nationalist ideas and sentiments were a powerful force in American public opinion from the Revolution to the eve of the Constitutional Convention. The creation of a generally empowered national government in Philadelphia, it is argued, was the fruition of a long-active political movement, not the unintended or accidental result of a temporary conservative coalition. This view of the political background of the Constitutional Convention directly challenges the Madisonian-Jeffersonian orthodoxy on the subject. In support of his interpretation, Crosskey amassed a wealth of primary source materials, including heretofore unexplored pamphlets and newspapers. This exhaustive research makes this unique work invaluable for scholars of the period, both for the primary sources collected as well as for the provocative interpretation offered.
Author: William W. Crosskey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Perhaps the most essential distillation of the Founders' vision of America, The Federalist Papers consist of a series of 85 essays in favor of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Attributed to Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, the essays tackle an array of topics that are just as relevant today as they were more than 200 years ago, including human rights, republican governance, the proper scope and jurisdiction of a federal government, and much more.
Author: Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison
Publisher: The Floating Press
Category: Political Science
Expertly guides readers through the Constitution and its twenty-seven amendments
Author: Erin Ackerman,Benjamin Ginsberg
Publisher: W. W. Norton
The Constitution of the United States and Classic American Literature
Author: Mitchell MELTZER,Mitchell Meltzer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Offers an accessible, interdisciplinary, and historically informed introduction to the study of American constitutionalism.
Author: Karen Orren,John Compton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Although less than fifty words long, the meaning of the seemingly simple Eleventh Amendment has troubled the Supreme Court at crucial points in American history and continues to spur sharp debate in present-day courts. The first amendment adopted after the Bill of Rights, the Eleventh Amendment limits the exercise of U.S. judicial power when American states are sued. Its modern meaning was largely shaped around cases concerning the liability of Southern states to pay their debts during and after Reconstruction; by shielding states from liability, the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Eleventh Amendment eased the establishment of post-Reconstruction Southern society and left a maddeningly complicated law of federal jurisdiction. Here, Orth reconstructs the fascinating but obscure history of the Eleventh Amendment--the labyrinth of legal doctrine, the economic motives and consequences, the political context, and the legacy of the past--over the last two centuries. Using quotes from Wordsworth, Shaw, Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and other writers to clarify and invigorate his narrative, Orth finally makes accessible an important but complex slice of constitutional history.
The Eleventh Amendment in American History
Author: John V. Orth
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In this visual celebration of the U.S. Constitution and America's founding fathers, Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier tells the stirring American tale of how this most important document came to symbolize freedom, justice, equality, and hope for all citizens. This fact-filled volume includes: the complete text of the Constitution; an illustrated preamble to the Constitution, illuminating its signifcance from its birth through to modern times; the fascinating history of the struggle to create and ratify the Constitution; and an historical reproduction of the original document. Back in print in hardcover—redesigned, historically updated, and with a glorious new cover—this is a must-have resource for every American school, library, and home.
The Constitution of the United States
Author: Peter Spier
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction