America S Constitution

America s Constitution
Publisher Random House
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Category History
Total Pages 672
ISBN 9781588364876
Rating 4.5/5 from 5 reviews
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In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it. We all know this much: the Constitution is neither immutable nor perfect. Amar shows us how the story of this one relatively compact document reflects the story of America more generally. (For example, much of the Constitution, including the glorious-sounding “We the People,” was lifted from existing American legal texts, including early state constitutions.) In short, the Constitution was as much a product of its environment as it was a product of its individual creators’ inspired genius. Despite the Constitution’s flaws, its role in guiding our republic has been nothing short of amazing. Skillfully placing the document in the context of late-eighteenth-century American politics, America’s Constitution explains, for instance, whether there is anything in the Constitution that is unamendable; the reason America adopted an electoral college; why a president must be at least thirty-five years old; and why–for now, at least–only those citizens who were born under the American flag can become president. From his unique perspective, Amar also gives us unconventional wisdom about the Constitution and its significance throughout the nation’s history. For one thing, we see that the Constitution has been far more democratic than is conventionally understood. Even though the document was drafted by white landholders, a remarkably large number of citizens (by the standards of 1787) were allowed to vote up or down on it, and the document’s later amendments eventually extended the vote to virtually all Americans. We also learn that the Founders’ Constitution was far more slavocratic than many would acknowledge: the “three fifths” clause gave the South extra political clout for every slave it owned or acquired. As a result, slaveholding Virginians held the presidency all but four of the Republic’s first thirty-six years, and proslavery forces eventually came to dominate much of the federal government prior to Lincoln’s election. Ambitious, even-handed, eminently accessible, and often surprising, America’s Constitution is an indispensable work, bound to become a standard reference for any student of history and all citizens of the United States.

America s Constitution
  • Author : Akhil Reed Amar
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-02-29

In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says

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Constitution
  • Author : United States
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893

Read online Constitution written by United States, published by which was released on 1893. Download full Constitution Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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America s Unwritten Constitution
  • Author : Akhil Reed Amar,Akhil Amar
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2012-09-11

Explores the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many external factors that shape the interpretations of this foundational document.

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The Federalist Papers
  • Author : Alexander Hamilton,John Jay,James Madison
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-08-20

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

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The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution
  • Author : Richard Beeman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-08-31

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

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In Defense of the United States Constitution
  • Author : Robert S. Singh
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-09-03

Constitutional reform is a topic of perennial academic debate, perhaps now more than ever amid sharp polarization in the electorate and government. At once a cogent, new contribution to the scholarly literature and appropriate for American politics and government students, this book mounts a provocative, nonideological defense of the US

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The U S  Constitution and Other Key American Writings
  • Author : Founding Fathers
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-07-01

“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 Key American Writings is part of the Word Cloud Classics series and a collection of the crucial documents that established the United States. In addition

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The Constitution of the United States  with Index  and the Declaration of Independence
  • Author : National Center for Constitutional Studi
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2005

"This Constitution was proofed word for word against the original Constitution housed in the Archives in Washington, D.C. It is identical in spelling, capitalization and punctuation and is sized in accordance with one produced by President Thomas Jefferson." -- Title page.

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The Constitution of the United States of America
  • Author : United States
  • Publisher : Little Books of Wisdom
  • Release Date : 1995

The landmark legal document of the United States, in a handsome, hardcover gift edition.

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American Epic
  • Author : Garrett Epps
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-02-01

"The United States is the only nation in the world in which political leaders, judges and soldiers all swear allegiance not to a king or a people but to a document, the Constitution. The Constitution today, however, is much revered but little read. . Readers of AMERICAN EPIC will never think

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The Oxford Handbook of the U S  Constitution
  • Author : Mark Tushnet,Mark A. Graber,Sanford Levinson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-07-31

The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution offers a comprehensive overview and introduction to the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of history, political science, law, rights, and constitutional themes, while focusing on its development, structures, rights, and role in the U.S. political system and culture. This Handbook

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The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America
  • Author : United States
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1868

Read online The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America written by United States, published by which was released on 1868. Download full The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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The Words That Made Us
  • Author : Akhil Reed Amar
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04

A history of the American Constitution's formative decades from a preeminent legal scholar When the US Constitution won popular approval in 1788, it was the culmination of thirty years of passionate argument over the nature of government. But ratification hardly ended the conversation. For the next half century, ordinary Americans and

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United States Constitution  The
  • Author : Mari Schuh
  • Publisher : Bellwether Media
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01

The Founding Fathers dreamed of a nation that protected the rights of its people. Today, the Constitution and Bill of Rights still promise freedom for all. In this book, beginning readers will learn the basics of the Constitution and its role in the formation of our government.

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The U S  Constitution
  • Author : Ray Raphael
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-10-31

Politicians come and go, but the Constitution stands as the supreme law of the land. Setting forth the workings of our democracy, it is the bedrock document from which we derive our policies on topics as diverse and galvanizing as immigration, gun ownership, voting rights, taxation, policing, civil liberties, and

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