- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195223853
- ISBN-13: 978-0195223859
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 7 Up–This appealing, well-organized volume begins with five chapters of background (Why have a constitution? How has it changed?) and then goes on to discuss the preamble, articles, and amendments, using a What It Says (word for word) and What It Means format. Every spread contains photos, reproductions, and sidebars, all of which invite students to read and understand this living document. The amendments section has time lines of events and court decisions in which the amendment has been cited. For example, the Sixth Amendment (speedy and public trial) includes the Scottsboro Boys Trial in 1932, a decision about excluding Mexican Americans from a jury in 1954, questions about jury size from a 1970 decision, and the 2001 presidential order that permits military trials of suspected terrorists. The substantial back matter includes an excellent Constitutional glossary, a lengthy annotated list for further reading, two pages of annotated Web sites, and a listing of museums and historic sites related to the Constitution. Far more thorough and engaging in format than Cathy Travis's Constitution Translated for Kids (Synergy, 2006), this is an excellent, well-documented addition for most libraries.–Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA
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"Making the Constitution entertaining isn't easy, but this book succeeds with a generous dose of sidebars, charts and illustrations."--Associated Press
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My US History teacher, Dave, gave me this book. Although it more of a reference book I am reading it as a book.
I am learning many details like there are 7,200 words in our Constitution. Our founding fathers wanted to establish our country into a republic like the Greeks, instead of a democracy like the Romans.
I am writing and taking notes in this book so I can learn about this fascinating document, which has made this country a light for the rest of the world.
John F. Kennedy, said on September 17, 1960, "I hold the view that the Constitution is the most revolution document ...ever written, and it should to new countries serve as a source of stimulation and enterprise."
Our children need to learn about this brilliant document in school.
I am trying to decipher whether there is any bias in this book. Fortunately it manages to stay non partisin. I was disappointed to see that there is nothing in this book about the Libertarian Party.
Thanks, Dave for this book.
I would highly recommend this book.