Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 11, 2006 - History - 255 pages
The United States Constitution is a remarkable document. For more than two hundred years it has proved to be strong and flexible enough both to preserve our rights and prevent despotism. Yet it has never been perfect, and throughout its life has been amended and reinterpreted to adjust to the needs of an ever-growing nation and adapt to evolving ideas of democracy. The five introductory chapters of Our Constitution put the document into historical context and explain its development: Why was the Constitution necessary? What kind of government did it create? What rights does it protect? How has it expanded over time? And how has it been interpreted?
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