U. S. Constitution for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764587803
ISBN-13: 9780764587801
Edition: 2009
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Description: The defining document of the United States-explained in plain English The U.S. Constitution and its 27 amendments are the foundation of our government. But the Constitution is not always easy to understand-especially when you consider that U.S.  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The defining document of the United States-explained in plain English The U.S. Constitution and its 27 amendments are the foundation of our government. But the Constitution is not always easy to understand-especially when you consider that U.S. courts have been interpreting and reinterpreting it continuously over the last two centuries. Now, in this entertaining and even-handed guide, constitutional expert Michael Arnheim and former U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr. walk readers through the text and discusses how various articles and amendments have guided legislators and judges, sparked ongoing debates-and continue to affect influence Americans' daily lives. They cover all the big issues-including separation of church and state, freedom of speech, gun ownership, search and seizure, the rights of the accused, and civil rights-and explain how the Constitution influences current discussions of the Patriot Act, the Electoral College, voting irregularities, and other topics.

Foreword
Introduction
Exploring Constitutional Basics
Constitutional Law: The Framework for Governance
Framing the U.S. Constitution: Big Thinkers, Big Thoughts
Debating the Constitution
Introducing . . . the Constitution! The Preamble and the Seven Articles
Amending versus Interpreting the Constitution: Taking Time for Change
We the People: How the United States Is Governed
Scrutinizing Sovereignty: Who Rules America?
Federalism: Forming One out of Many
Separation of Powers: To Each His Own
Doing Business: The Commerce Clause
Balancing the Branches of Government: The President, Congress, and the Judiciary
Looking at the Role of Commander in Chief
Giving Everyone a Voice: The House of Representatives and Senate
"During Good Behaviour": The Judicial System
You're Fired! Investigating the Impeachment Process
The Bill of Rights: Specifying Rights through Amendments
The First Amendment: Freedom of Religion, Speech, and Assembly
The Second Amendment: Bearing Arms
The Third and Fourth Amendments: Protecting Citizens from Government Forces
Taking the Fifth - and a Bit of the Fourteenth
Dealing with Justice and Individual Rights: The Sixth through Eighth Amendments
The Ninth and Tenth Amendments: Leaving Things Up to the People and States
Addressing Liberties and Modifying the Government: More Amendments
States' Rights, Elections, and Slavery: The Eleventh through Thirteenth Amendments
The Fourteenth Amendment: Ensuring Equal Protection
Starts, Stops, and Clarifi cations: Amendments since 1870
The Part of Tens
Ten Landmark Constitutional Cases
Ten Infl uential Supreme Court Justices
Two Sides of Five Constitutional Conundrums
Appendix: Constitution of the United States of America
Index

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