9780534614072

Understanding the Constitution

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    9780534614072

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    0534614078

  • Edition: 16th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/15/2003
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

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

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
PART ONE HISTORY AND CONTEXT
1 CONSTITUTIONAL BACKGROUNDS
2(26)
The Political Ideas of the Revolutionary Era
2(5)
The Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution
7(1)
The Revolutionary State Constitutions and the Articles of Confederation
8(3)
The Constitutional Convention
11(6)
The Ratification Process
17(9)
Questions
26(1)
Key Terms
27(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
27(1)
2 THE CONSTITUTION, AMERICAN POLITICS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
28(40)
Basic Features of the Original Constitution
28(2)
Constitutional Interpretation
30(6)
Judicial Review
36(6)
The Constitution and American Politics
42(19)
Jurisprudence
61(3)
Conclusion
64(1)
Questions
64(1)
Key Terms
65(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
65(3)
PART TWO THE CONSTITUTION OF 1787
3 THE PREAMBLE AND ARTICLE I: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
68(80)
The Preamble
68(1)
Article I: The Legislature
69(75)
Questions
144(1)
Key Terms
145(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
145(3)
4 ARTICLE II: THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
148(47)
Questions
191(1)
Key Terms
192(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
193(1)
The Presidential Election of 2000
193(2)
5 ARTICLE III: THE JUDICIARY
195(10)
Questions
203(1)
Key Terms
204(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
204(1)
6 ARTICLES IV-VII
205(20)
Article IV: Relations among the States
205(8)
Article V: Procedures for Amending the Constitution
213(4)
Article VI: The States and the Federal Government
217(3)
Article VII: Ratification of the Constitution
220(1)
Questions
220(1)
Key Terms
221(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
221(4)
PART THREE THE AMENDMENTS
7 THE BILL OF RIGHTS I: PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES
225(49)
The Bill of Rights
225(1)
The Bill of Rights and the States
226(2)
Postincorporation Limits
228(2)
State Constitutions and Individual Rights
230(2)
Amendment I: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Assembly, and Petition
232(36)
Amendment II: The Right to Bear Arms
268(1)
Amendment III: Quartering of Soldiers
269(1)
Questions
270(1)
Key Terms
271(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
272(2)
8 THE BILL OF RIGHTS II: PROCEDURAL BOUNDARIES
274(92)
Amendment IV: Searches and Seizures
274(20)
Amendment V: Grand Juries, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process, Eminent Domain
294(32)
Amendment VI: Criminal Court Procedures
326(24)
Amendment VII: Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
350(3)
Amendment VIII: Bail, and Cruel and Unusual Punishments
353(7)
Civil Liberties and the Response to September 11, 2001
360(2)
Questions
362(1)
Key Terms
363(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
363(3)
9 CLARIFYING AND MODIFYING
366(13)
Amendment IX: Rights Retained by the People
366(2)
Amendment X: Powers Reserved to the States
368(3)
Amendment XI: Suits against States
371(3)
Amendment XII: Election of the President
374(3)
Questions
377(1)
Key Terms
377(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
377(2)
10 THE RECONSTRUCTION AMENDMENTS
379(65)
Amendment XIII: The Prohibition of Slavery
379(2)
Amendment XIV: Citizenship, Privileges, and Immunities of United States Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection of the Laws
381(55)
Amendment XV: The Right to Vote: Black Men
436(4)
Questions
440(2)
Key Terms
442(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
442(2)
11 THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
444(9)
Amendment XVI: Income Taxes
445(1)
Amendment XVII: Direct Election of Senators
446(1)
Amendment XVIII: Prohibition
447(2)
Amendment XIX: The Right to Vote: women
449(2)
Questions
451(1)
Key Terms
451(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
451(2)
12 1933 To 1992
453(15)
Amendment XX: The Lame-Duck Amendment
453(2)
Amendment XXI: Repeal of Prohibition
455(2)
Amendment XXII: Limits on Presidential Terms
457(1)
Amendment XXIII: Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia
458(1)
Amendment XXIV: The Prohibition on the Poll Tax
459(1)
Amendment XXV: Presidential Succession and Disability and Vice Presidential Vacancies
460(2)
Amendment XXVI: The Right to Vote: Eighteen-Year-Olds
462(1)
Amendment XXVII: The Madison Amendment
463(1)
Questions
464(1)
Key Terms
465(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
465
PART FOUR THE DOCUMENTS
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
468(3)
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
471(18)
Legal Materials on the Internet 489(4)
Credits 493(2)
Index 495

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