A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Law - 327 pages
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Designed to help students understand the Constitution in all of its splendor and subtlety, this book introduces key events of the founding era, the Declaration of Independence, and the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention. The Constitution and its amendments are explored section by section, along with pertinent historical events, laws, and cases. Since the Third Edition was published in 2001, we have witnessed another presidential election, a second war with Iraq, significant Supreme Court cases on privacy, the death penalty, affirmative action, searches and seizures, and, perhaps most significantly, a series of developments related to America's response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This new edition encompasses all of these developments. The Fourth Edition is the first to be thoroughly revised in its entirety, rather than merely updated. The language has been made even more accessible, rendering this an ideal starting point for students, as well as new citizens, who are new to constitutional law, American politics, or American history. Those already familiar with constitutional issues will be able to make use of the book as a reference guide to landmarks in constitutional history and development. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of key books and cases useful for further study. The book includes a glossary; the texts of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution; and a section on how to locate cases and understand citations. Fifty leading cases are briefly described. Finally, the book includes two all-new sections, "Highlights in Constitutional History" and "U.S. Supreme Court Justices."

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The Legislative Branch
The Executive Branch
The Judicial Branch
The Federal System
The Amending Provision and Miscellaneous Matters
Chapter 7 The Bill of RightsThe First Three Amendments
Chapter 8 The Bill of Rights and the Rights of the AccusedAmendments 47
Chapter 9 The Bill of Rights and Contemporaneous AmendmentsAmendments 812
Chapter 11 The Progressive Era AmendmentsAmendments 1619
Chapter 12 The Recent AmendmentsAmendments 2027
Fifty Leading Cases
Highlights of Constitutional History
US Supreme Court Justices

Chapter 10 The PostCivil War AmendmentsAmendments 1315

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John R. Vile is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Middle Tennessee State University.

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