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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

Richard Beeman - Author

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ISBN 9780143118107 | 224 pages | 31 Aug 2010 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A unique and handy guide to the law of land 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 Consittution 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.

A Note on the Text

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

Amendments to the Constitution

Selections from The Federalist Papers

Chapter One
The Revolutionary Origins of the American Constitution

Chapter Two
America Struggles to Achieve Independence, Liberty and Union:
Government Under the Articles of Confederation

Chapter Three
The Constitutional Convention of 1787:
A Revolution in Government

Chapter Four
The Contest Over Ratification:
America’s First National Referendum

Chapter Five
Establishing Government Under the Constitution, 1789-1801

Chapter Six
Supreme Court Decisions That Have Shaped America’s Constitutional History

Suggestions for Further Reading


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