A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Law - 311 pages
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"A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its AmendmentS" is designed to show students just how revolutionary the Constitution was--and how relevant it remains today. The "Companion" begins by revisiting the key events leading to the Constitution's ratification, including the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, then goes article by article, amendment by amendment, to describe each section of the document, as well as the important court cases that add to its meaning.

The fully updated new edition of "A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its AmendmentS" reflects a number of significant developments in the five years since the previous edition, including the appointments of new Supreme Court justices, impactful cases involving First Amendment rights for students, religious displays on government property, gun control in the District of Columbia, presidential powers in the context of the war on terror, corporate fraud liability, gay rights, and the recent presidential election.

  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 THE BACKGROUND AND PURPOSES OF THE CONSTITUTION
1
THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
21
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
57
THE JUDICIAL BRANCH
77
THE FEDERAL SYSTEM
93
THE AMENDING PROVISION AND MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS
103
CHAPTER 7 THE BILL OF RIGHTSTHE FIRST AMENDMENT
113
OF ARMS AND MENAMENDMENTS 23
137
CHAPTER 12 THE PROGRESSIVE ERA AMENDMENTSAMENDMENTS 1619
195
CHAPTER 13 THE RECENT AMENDMENTSAMENDMENTS 2027
203
READING SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
215
Glossary
223
Highlights of Constitutional History
241
US Supreme Court Justices
253
The Constitution of the United States
257
The Declaration of Independence
275

CHAPTER 9 THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED AND THE CONVICTEDAMENDMENTS 48
141
CHAPTER 10 THE BILL OF RIGHTS THE RIGHTS OF THE STATES AMENDMENTS 910 AND AMENDMENTS 11 AND 12
161
CHAPTER 11 THE POSTCIVIL WAR AMENDMENTSAMENDMENTS 1315
175
The Articles of Confederation
279
Index
289
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

John R. Vile is professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues (1996) and other books. His colleague, Mark Byrnes, associate professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University, is the author of Politics and Space (1994).

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