A Pocket Guide to the U.S. Constitution

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-21
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
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A brief, line-by-line explanation of the U.S. Constitution, its plain meaning, history, and key Supreme Court cases. #xA0; This book is a place to begin to understand the Constitution of the United States. It explains the plain meaning and history of each clause and each amendment. It also includes brief explanations of key Supreme Court cases. It will equip readers with the knowledge and vocabulary necessary to further pursue the topics that interest them. In particular, it identifies and introduces named clauses such as: The Establishment Clause, Commerce Clause, Necessary and Proper Clause, and the Three-Fifths Clause. It provides a clear way to view the Constitution#x19;s structure: I. Preamble II. Three Branches of Government #xA0;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0;a. Legislative #xA0;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0;b. Executive #xA0;#xA0;#xA0;#xA0;c. Judicial III. Limitations on State Sovereignty IV.Ratification, Amending, and National Supremacy

Author Biography

Andrew B. Arnold received his MA and PhD in U.S. History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an Associate Professor of History at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2002.

Table of Contents

Purposep. vii
Constitution and Amendmentsp. 1
Structure and Preamble "We the people. . ."p. 3
Three Branches of Governmentp. 7
Legislative (Congress)
Legislative Power Definedp. 8
House of Representativesp. 9
Composition of Housep. 9
Qualifications for Representativesp. 9
Apportionment (Three-Fifths Clause)p. 10
Vacanciesp. 12
Rules and Impeachmentp. 12
Senatep. 14
Definition of the Senatep. 14
Staggering Terms of Officep. 14
Qualifications for Senators15
Role of the Vice Presidentp. 16
Senate Officersp. 16
Senate Impeachment Powerp. 17
Limits to Impeachment Powerp. 17
Elections and Sessionsp. 18
Electionsp. 18
Sessions of Congressp. 18
Internal Organizationp. 19
Quorum, Attendance, Seatingp. 19
Rules, Punishment, Expulsionp. 19
Openness, Secrecy, Roll Call Votesp. 19
Adjournment and Place of Meetingp. 20
Compensation and Limitsp. 21
Payment and Immunitiesp. 21
Incompatibility and Emolumentsp. 22
Lawmaking Processp. 23
Tax Lawsp. 23
Presentment Clausep. 24
All Bills, Full Legislative Processp. 26
Enumerated Powersp. 26
Taxes, Debt, Welfare, Uniformityp. 26
Congress and Creditp. 27
Commerce Clausep. 28
Naturalization, Bankruptcyp. 32
Money, Standard Weights and Measuresp. 32
Counterfeitingp. 32
Post Offices and Post Roadsp. 33
Copyrightp. 33
Inferior Courtsp. 34
High Seas and Laws of Nationsp. 34
To Declare Warp. 34
Armyp. 35
Navyp. 35
Military Codep. 35
Control of Militiap. 36
Division of Militia with Statesp. 36
District of Columbiap. 37
Necessary and Properp. 37
Limits on Congressp. 39
Right to Slave Tradep. 39
Habeas Corpusp. 40
Bill of Attainder, Ex Post Factop. 41
Capitation Taxp. 41
Export Taxes on a Statep. 42
State Portsp. 42
Appropriations by Law Onlyp. 43
Titles and Emolumentsp. 43
Limits on Statesp. 44
No State Shallp. 44
No State Taxes on Interstate Commercep. 45
No State Port Taxes or Standing Armiesp. 46
Executive (President)p. 47
Terms and Electorsp. 48
Executive Power and Presidentp. 48
Selecting Electorsp. 49
Electoral Collegep. 50
Election Dayp. 51
Eligibility to be Presidentp. 52
Line of Successionp. 53
Presidential Compensationp. 54
Presidential Oath of Officep. 54
Powers of the Executivep. 55
Commander in Chiefp. 55
Pardonsp. 56
Advice and Consent, Treatiesp. 57
Appointments Clausep. 57
Inferior Officersp. 58
Recess Appointmentsp. 58
Duties of the Presidentp. 58
State of the Union Reportp. 58
Emergency Sessions of Congressp. 59
Receive Ambassadorsp. 59
Execute the Lawsp. 60
Commission Officersp. 60
Impeachment of Executivep. 61
Judiciary (Courts)p. 62
Organization of the Courtsp. 63
Scope of Supreme Courtp. 64
Judicial Power (Arising)p. 64
Jurisdictionp. 65
Trial by Juryp. 65
Treasonp. 66
Defining Treasonp. 66
Limits on Punishment for Treasonp. 66
Limitations on State Sovereigntyp. 67
Statesp. 67
Full Faith and Creditp. 67
Comity, or Mutual Respectp. 67
Privileges and Immunitiesp. 67
Extradition Rulesp. 68
Fugitive Slave Clausep. 68
Formation of New Staresp. 69
Admissions Clausep. 69
Terriroriesp. 70
Guaranty of Republican Governmentp. 70
Ratification, Amending, and National Supremacyp. 71
Amending Processp. 71
Constitution is Supreme Lawp. 72
Continuity Clausep. 72
Supremacy Clausep. 72
Oaths of Officep. 73
Ratification Processp. 73
Amendmentsp. 75
Bill of Rights (first ten amendments)p. 75
Speech, Press, Assembly, Religion, Petitionp. 80
Right to Keep and Bear Armsp. 87
Quartering Troopsp. 91
Unreasonable Search and Seizurep. 91
Due Process, Propertyp. 95
Speedy Trial, Counselp. 99
Jury Trialp. 101
Cruel and Unusual Punishmentp. 102
This List of Rights is Not Completep. 103
Powers Retained by States, Peoplep. 104
Caveats and Early Refinementsp. 105
States Cannot be suedp. 105
Presidential Electionsp. 105
New Birth of Freedom: Civil Wap. 107
Slavery Endedp. 107
Civil Rightsp. 109
Right to Vote for Black Malesp. 124
Progressive Erap. 126
Income Taxesp. 126
Election of Senators by Votersp. 127
Liquor Outlawedp. 129
Women Gain the Votep. 131
New Deal Erap. 132
Details about Dares of Officep. 132
Liquor Legalizedp. 135
Two Terms for Presidentp. 137
Most Recentp. 138
Electoral Votes for Washington, DCp. 138
Poll Taxes Prohibitedp. 139
Presidential Successionp. 140
Eighteen-Year-Olds Gain the Votep. 143
Congressional Pay Raises Limitedp. 144
Beyond the Basicsp. 145
The Constitution Ought to Be Simplep. 147
Acknowledgmentsp. 153
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 159
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