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Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant

ISBN-10: 0380974975
ISBN-13: 9780380974979
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Description: Which 462 words are so important that they've changed American history more than once? The Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the crucial document that spells out how the United States is to be governed. Find out what the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/6/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Which 462 words are so important that they've changed American history more than once? The Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the crucial document that spells out how the United States is to be governed. Find out what the Bill of Rights is and how it affects your daily life in this fascinating look at the history, significance, and mysteries of these laws that protect the individual freedoms of everyone -- even young people. Why did early American founders (like James Madison, Congressman from Virginia) argue that individuals needed a Bill of Rights to protect them from government? Why is freedom of speech so thrilling and so controversial? What is religious intolerance, and when can it be fatal? What does it really mean to take the Fifth? And how does the Bill of Rights affect the rights of kids? Packed with anecdotes and sidebars, case studies, and humorous illustrations, innovative author Kathleen Krull's introduction to the Bill of Rights brings a little understood topic vividly to life.

Kathleen Krull is the author of Fartiste (with Paul Brewer), illustrated by Boris Kulikov, A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought), illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, as well as a number of other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.

Introduction: The Bill of Rights--What Js Jt? Here They Are--The 462 Words
The Bill of Rights and You
Mysterious Things
Nine Things to Remember About the Constitution
The True Story of the Bill of Rights
The 100-Pound Giant
Still Controversial After All These Years
Who Are These Guys?
"Not Very Nice People"
Why December 15 Is Amazing
Where Is the Bill of Rights?
The First Amendment, Part 1--People Worshiping As They Please
What's Going On Here?
How Religious Intolerance Can Be Fatal
The Wall
Classrooms Are Hotter Spots Than You Think
Prayers That Have Led to Court Cases
The Diversity of Spiritual Beliefs in America
Three Resources
The "Monkey Trial"
The "Monkey Teacher"
The Future of Religious Freedom
The First Amendment, Part 2--People Speaking Freely
Powerful Medicine
Some Things You Can Do Under the First Amendment
"Freedom for the Thought We Hate"
Some Things You Can't Do Under this Amendment
Still a Burning Issue
A Word from the Presidents
The First Amendment, Part 3--What Freedom of the Press Means
Can Books Be Dangerous?
Lots of Variety in Censorship
What the Courts Say
What Kids Can Print
Handy Addresses
The First Amendment in Cyberspace
Other Hot Topics
The Exhilaration of Tolerance
The Second Amendment, or People and Guns
In the Eye of the Beholder
Laws Elsewhere
The Gun Control Debate
The National Rifle Association
Various Responses to the Second Amendment
How Have the Courts Helped?
War and Guns
Organizations That Support Gun Control
Women and Guns
The Third Amendment, or Why Soldiers Can't Live in Your House
What Were Soldiers Doing in Houses?
Why This Chapter Is Short
The Third Amendment in Court
The Fourth Amendment, or Searching and Seizing
A Background of Outrage
Diane Doe's Story
New Jersey v. T.L.O.
The Seventh-Grade Football Star
Vomit, National Security, and Other Search-and-Seizure Issues
Searches That James Madison Probably Did Not Foresee
Search and Seizure Elsewhere
An Erosion of Rights?
The Fifth Amendment, or Criminal Justice
"Infamous" Crimes
What Taking the Fifth Really Means
What Kind of Game Is Double Jeopardy?
Being Made Aware of Your Rights
Who Was Miranda?
The Miranda Warning
The Innocent Versus the Guilty
The Sixth Amendment, or More Criminal Justice
"A Speedy and Public Trial"
"An Impartial Jury"
Gerald Gault and Being "Informed of the Accusation"
"Confronting the Witnesses"
"Obtaining Witnesses"
Blockbuster Cases Involving the "Assistance of Counsel"
The Scottsboro Cases
Gideon's Legacy
When Is a Minor Not a Minor?
What Rights Do Kids Have?
More on Justice for Young People
And What About Curfews?
A Shelter for Criminals?
The Seventh Amendment, or Civil Justice
A Twenty-Dollar Value
Life Without a Seventh Amendment
Consider the Alternatives
Types of Civil Trials
Who's Who on the Jury
A Magic Number
The Eighth Amendment, or Punishments
More Information on Student Punishments
"Excessive Bail"
"Excessive Fines"
"Cruel and Unusual Punishments"
Punishments Elsewhere
Information on Human Rights Abuses
The Ultimate Punishment
More on the Ultimate Punishment
The Price of a Death Penalty
Supreme Court Cases That Have Affected Use of the Death Penalty
The Ninth Amendment, or Everything Else
A Most Mysterious Amendment
The Father of the Bill of Rights Responds to the Timid People
Uncharted Waters
The Landmark Ninth Amendment Case
And the Most Controversial Ninth Amendment Case
Supreme Court Decisions Since Roe v. Wade
The Tenth Amendment, or What About the States?
The Oddball Amendment
Federal Versus State Government
There's More? (Yes--Seventeen Other Amendments)
When the Bill of Rights Goes Wrong
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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