The Heart of the Constitution

How the Bill of Rights Became the Bill of Rights

Author: Gerard Magliocca

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190271604

Category: History

Page: 240

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"This is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten amendments the Bill of Rights. When they did after 1900, the Bill of Rights was usually invoked to increase rather than limit federal authority"--
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The Revolutionary Constitution

Author: David J. Bodenhamer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019991303X

Category: History

Page: 296

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The framers of the Constitution chose their words carefully when they wrote of a more perfect union--not absolutely perfect, but with room for improvement. Indeed, we no longer operate under the same Constitution as that ratified in 1788, or even the one completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791--because we are no longer the same nation. In The Revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer provides a comprehensive new look at America's basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, he notes, was the product of the first modern revolution, and revolutions are, by definition, moments when the past shifts toward an unfamiliar future, one radically different from what was foreseen only a brief time earlier. In seeking to balance power and liberty, the framers established a structure that would allow future generations to continually readjust the scale. Bodenhamer explores this dynamic through seven major constitutional themes: federalism, balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. With each, he takes a historical approach, following their changes over time. For example, the framers wrote multiple protections for property rights into the Constitution in response to actions by state governments after the Revolution. But twentieth-century courts--and Congress--redefined property rights through measures such as zoning and the designation of historical landmarks (diminishing their commercial value) in response to the needs of a modern economy. The framers anticipated just such a future reworking of their own compromises between liberty and power. With up-to-the-minute legal expertise and a broad grasp of the social and political context, this book is a tour de force of Constitutional history and analysis.
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Toward A More Perfect Union

Six Essays on the Constitution

Author: Neil Longley York,Brigham Young University

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887069253

Category: Law

Page: 188

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Toward a More Perfect Union is the last of a three-volume series examining the Constitution--as it was drafted and ratified, and the uses made of it over the past two hundred years. Each volume includes essays first presented at conferences on the Bicentennial of the Constitution held at Brigham Young University in 1985, 1986, and 1987, and several additional essays written especially for these anthologies.
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Learn about the United States

Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test

Author: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160845857

Category: Citizenship

Page: 29

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Student's Guide to the Supreme Court

Author: Bruce J. Schulman

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1452267413

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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An indispensable reference for students studying the Court Specifically written to engage high-school students, Student’s Guide to the Supreme Court presents a comprehensive overview of the history, traditions, and people of the highest court in the land. This one-stop source does not require any prior knowledge of the Supreme Court and covers topics that meet national high school curriculum standards. Part One consists of three informative essays: The Supreme Court: The Weakest or the Strongest Branch? How Does the President Nominate a Supreme Court Justice? Do They Matter? How Supreme Court Decisions Affect Modern American Life. Part Two is an alphabetical section of key words and legal concepts spanning abortion to writs of mandamus. The members of the current Roberts Court—including Sonia Sotomayor—are profiled here, as are all chief justices and notable associate justices. Part Three complements the first two sections with a generous sampling of influential primary source documents, including landmark decisions, excerpts from justices’ papers, political cartoons, and constitutional provisions related to the Supreme Court. Key Features Easy-to-read Aligns with high school curriculum Unique three-part format
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Learn about the United States

Quick Civics Lessons for the New Naturalization Test

Author: U. s. Department of Homeland Security,U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160831188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 29

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"Learn About the United States" is intended to help permanent residents gain a deeper understanding of U.S. history and government as they prepare to become citizens. The product presents 96 short lessons, based on the sample questions from which the civics portion of the naturalization test is drawn. An audio CD that allows students to listen to the questions, answers, and civics lessons read aloud is also included. For immigrants preparing to naturalize, the chance to learn more about the history and government of the United States will make their journey toward citizenship a more meaningful one.
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Bills of Rights and Decolonization

The Emergence of Domestic Human Rights Instruments in Britain's Overseas Territories

Author: Charles Parkinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199231931

Category: History

Page: 299

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This book analyzes the British Government's radical change in policy during the late 1950s on the use of bills of rights in colonial territories nearing independence. It explores the political dimensions of securing the protection of human rights at the point of gaining independence, and the peaceful transfer of power through constitutional means.
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Birth of the Bill of Rights: Major writings

Author: Jon L. Wakelyn

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313331954

Category: History

Page: 262

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Presents profiles and writings of prominent Antifederalists, including Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, and James Monroe.
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