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Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments

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ISBN-10: 0275989577

ISBN-13: 9780275989576

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: John R. Vile

List price: $29.95
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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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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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

Preface to Fourth Edition
The Background of the Constitution
The Preamble and Article I
Article II: The Executive Branch
Article III: The Judicial Branch
Article IV: The Federal System
Articles V-VII: The Amending Provision and Miscellaneous Matters
The Bill of Rights--The First Three Amendments
The Bill of Rights and the Rights of the Accused--Amendments 4-7
The Bill of Rights and Contemporaneous Amendments--Amendments 8-12
The Post-Civil War Amendments--Amendments 13-15
The Progressive Era Amendments--Amendments 16-19
The Recent Amendments--Amendments 20-27 Fifty Leading Cases
Highlights in Constitutional History U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Appendices: The Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation