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Take a minute to consider a gift that hasn'’t gone out of style in more than 200 years. --Wall Street Journal

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Founding Fathers of the United States, also known as the Framers, Fathers of Our Country, or the Founders, are those political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or the United States Constitution or otherwise participated in the American Revolution as leaders of the Patriots.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies; Second Edition, 2015 Printing edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880801441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880801447
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 0.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (752 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't remember when, or even if, I read through the Constitution before. Whatever the case, I knew I had to read it now and get to know it.

After several false starts on other versions (a downloaded copy, an iPod app, the appendix of a book on politics), I have finally read it through with actual pleasure using this book. The secret is getting the text in short bursts, with the author breaking in to explain it section by section. It really helps to learn the "why" at the same time as learning the "what." I could digest it in small bites, and really understand what I was reading, so I didn't need to re-read things over and over which I have a tendency to do if I don't grasp the concept.

This book is short but packed with good material. It includes the Declaration of Independence (also broken into sections and explained), a sampling of the Federalist Papers, a few brief chapters on the history of what happened before, during, and after the writing of the Constitution, and a section on important Supreme Court decisions and how they tie in to the Constitution. I feel like I took a quick refresher course in Political Science after reading this through.

A couple of the author's opinions slip in here and there, and he seems to lean a wee bit to the left, but it's nothing you haven't already heard from your schoolteachers. There's nothing in here that should prevent anyone with any particular ideology from using this book to gain plenty of straightforward knowledge about the origins of our country. I would like to add that the publishing quality is superb - the paper is the very white, acid-free kind that will last long on your bookshelf, which was wise to use in the kind of book that will be useful to refer to repeatedly over the years.
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I WAS TOLD THIS WOULD STOP BULLETS AND HERE I AM IN THE SNOW IN OREGON. 5 STARS FOR THE BLUE TARP, THOUGH.
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This is published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a conservative, religious-themed constitutionalist organization, founded by Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) political writer W. Cleon Skousen, a former professor at Brigham Young University.
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As others have noted, this is not merely a pocket Constitution. It includes the insane ramblings of W. Cleon Skousen. He is in no way an expert in Constitutional law or American history. He was an end times Mormon conspiracy crank who merely inserts his personal delusions alongside. This has led to many people who are too lazy to read the Constitution themselves and learn the history, to take his personal beliefs as fact. It has led to a great many people thinking they can take over government property, and even more stupid people supporting them.
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This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand our Constitution and the various contemporary controversies regarding its interpretation. It consists of annotated texts of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, followed by slightly abridged versions of three of the most insightful Federalist Papers, followed by a concise history of the genesis, ratification, and early implementation of the Constitution. The author is a recognized expert on the history of the United States and the Constitution. The book is clear, well written, and to the point. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in political theory, government, the history of the United States, and constitutional law.
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I was loathe to give the LDS a dollar for this thing, but I wanted to read the bundy bible for myself with all of skousen's brain droppings in it, and I couldn't find anywhere to DL and PDF or any drunk or high militia man to steal one from. The most painful dollar I have ever let go of.

EDITED: I have received this booklet now and I have scoured it from cover to cover. THERE IS NO CONTENT OR COMMENT BY SKOUSEN IN IT. Not a word. There are a few presidential quotes that are questionable in how they are presented. But the transcript of the documents are perfectly fine. There has to be some other version printed that has the Skousen content, this one sure doesn't have it.

It still pained me to give a buck to this org.
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Just to correct the previous critiques.

The person on the cover of this book is George Washington, not Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson looked NOTHING like that! Nor did Madison, Adams or Hamilton! Note the characteristic set of the jaw....

As to the suggestion that the Amazon description implies that Jefferson composed the Constitution: as I understand the language, they are saying that when Jefferson was President - he caused (produced) copies of the Constitution to be made available, in something like this format.

This is fine little booklet at a great price. And while I like the looks and size of the classic little red CATO Institute book, this one is actually much easier to open and to read. It has better page margins and slightly larger type. And it's also slightly thinner for slipping into a pocket.
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Anyone in need of an annotated, compact book covering the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence should consider picking up this book. Written by Dr. Richard Beeman, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and trustee of the National Constitution Center, this slim book contains the Declarations of Independence, the Constitution, all twenty-seven amendments, selections from The Federalist, and short chapters covering how these documents came to be as well as some discussion on prominent Supreme Court cases. The result is a very effective presentation concerning these documents. Beeman does so in a refreshingly non-partisan way, relying on his professional experience and knowledge in teaching this subject for more than thirty years.

The advantages of reading an annotated version of many historical documents are that they are broken into components where each section is commented on. This allows the reader to explore that particular section before advancing to another one and forgetting what they've read to that point. Students will find that this system of reading results in an increased understanding of the content. Those needing quick answers will be able to not only find the exact passage they want, but a quick glance through Beeman's comments will refresh their memory on what they have learned about the passage as well. The books suits both students and teachers well as both can utilize the book easily for quick reference at any point.

Beeman also added a section on US history regarding the creation of the documents which about a hundred pages. The advantage of this short brief history is to capture the essentials of the subject and get them onto paper.
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