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Understanding the Constitution

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ISBN-10: 0534614078

ISBN-13: 9780534614072

Edition: 16th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Sue Davis, J. W. Peltason

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For over fifty years, UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION has helped students understand and interpret the document that outlines America's fundamental rules and government structures. Always current and concise, this textbook goes beyond generalities to discover the major constitutional issues of our times, a constantly evolving process.
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Book details

List price: $158.95
Edition: 16th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Sue Davis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Delaware. She is the author of American Political Thought: Four Hundred Years of Ideas and Ideologies, Understanding the Constitution, and Justice Rehnquist and the Constitution.

Preface
Acknowledgments
History and Context
Constitutional Backgrounds
The Political Ideas of the Revolutionary Era
The Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution
The Revolutionary State Constitutions and the Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention
The Ratification Process
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Constitution, American Politics, and the Development of American Constitutional Law
Basic Features of the Original Constitution
Constitutional Interpretation
Judicial Review
The Constitution and American Politics
Jurisprudence
Conclusion
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Constitution of 1787
The Preamble and Article I: The Legislative Branch
The Preamble
The Legislature
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Article II: The Executive Branch
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Presidential Election of 2000
Article III: The Judiciary
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Articles IV-VII
Relations among the States
Procedures for Amending the Constitution
The States and the Federal Government
Ratification of the Constitution
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Amendments
The Bill of Rights I: Protecting Individual Liberties
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights and the States
Postincorporation Limits
State Constitutions and Individual Rights
Freedom of Religion, Speech, Assembly, and Petition
The Right to Bear Arms
Quartering of Soldiers
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Bill of Rights II: Procedural Boundaries
Searches and Seizures
Grand Juries, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process, Eminent Domain
Criminal Court Procedures
Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
Bail, and Cruel and Unusual Punishments
Civil Liberties and the Response to September 11, 2001
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Clarifying and Modifying
Rights Retained by the People
Powers Reserved to the States
Suits against States
Election of the President
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Reconstruction Amendments
The Prohibition of Slavery
Citizenship, Privileges, and Immunities of United States Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection of the Laws
The Right to Vote: Black Men
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Progressive Era
Income Taxes
Direct Election of Senators
Prohibition
The Right to Vote: Women
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
1933 to 1992
The Lame-Duck Amendment
Repeal of Prohibition
Limits on Presidential Terms
Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia
The Prohibition on the Poll Tax
Presidential Succession and Disability and Vice Presidential Vacancies
The Right to Vote: Eighteen-Year-Olds
The Madison Amendment
Questions
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Documents
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
Legal Materials on the Internet
Credits
Index