If you're looking for a concise, accessible, authoritative reference guide to the Constitution and its history, this is the book. A marvel of accessibility and erudition, the guide also features a history of the making of the Constitution with excerpts from The Federalist Papers and a look at crucial Supreme Court cases that reminds us that the meaning of many of the specific provisions of the Constitution has changed over time. Indeed, they enshrined the institution of slavery within their new Constitution. The fifty-five delegates who met in Philadelphia between May 25 and September 17, 1787, would not only reject the Articles of Confederation altogether, but they would produce the first written constitution for any nation in the history of the world. I'm sure that some would argue that such a view point diminished the value of the document, but I would probably argue instead that -given its origin of compromise- it makes it all that much more amazing that it has helped guide out country forward this long, and will continue to guide future generations forward to.
But, that said, at least I'll feel like I know what I'm talking about when I do. For the most part yes. It also puts them in the context of the times in which they were written. How can you not know the D of I and the Constitution? Beeman really gives us an idea as to why these documents were first written and the specific events surrounding their creation. Now more than ever we need to having a working knowledge of why our country separated from their oppressors, how our current government was formed, and how everything the forefathers promised was, in many ways, full of hypocrisy. Beeman's own political leanings affect his analysis.
And the sticking point that caused the most argument, slavery. All of these are broken down effectively to explain what the language meant at the time and the context surrounding the statements found in these documents. More amendments have come along since, each with its own consequences and controversies. This unique and handy guide includes the documents that guide our government, annotated with accessible explanations from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars. For nearly four months, the delegates attempted to work through, and resolve, their disagreements. It was a highly imperfect solution to a real problem, but, in the context of the times—perhaps until today—there may well have been no better alternative.
By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. The modern language descriptions help with understanding the importance of what is said, or not said in some cases. All links from this site were collected in an automatic manner and can not be recognized as affiliated with our site. The final resolution of that issue—the Three-Fifths Compromise, a formula by which slaves would be counted as three-fifths of a person in apportioning both representation and taxation—was a purely mechanical and amoral calculation designed to produce harmony among conflicting interests within the Convention. In this book, he has produced what every American should have: a compact, fully annotated copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and amendments, all in their entirety.
Filling in my gaps of ignorance. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads for this honest review. The author also opines and puts and paraphrases after each article to aid the readers understand better. A marvel of accessibility and erudition, the guide also features a history of the making of the Constitution with excerpts from The Federalist Papers and a look at crucial Supreme Court cases that reminds us that the meaning of many of the specific provisions of the Constitution has changed over time. This was an interesting read because it includes the complete text of important founding documents along with analyses and explanations to make them more understandable.
We regularly check this is a fully automatic process the availability of servers, the links to which we offer you. We did a community read wit this and the author came to speak at my library so I picked this up to skim before attending the event. The second half of the book contains a short yet detailed history of the writing of the Constitution, its ratification, and its growing pains including the beginnings of those looking at strict interpretation of the document and those looking at broad interpretation, a phenomenon that started early and continues today. Each section of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Amendments is given verbatim followed by notes presenting historical, political and legal context. They urged their fellow delegates to give the president an absolute veto over congressional legislation. I will say that this edition with annotations by Richard Beeman is well done.
Reading it reinforced my belief in the strengths of the American political system, despite its many flaws, its tumultuous history and its ongoing transformation. The author then ends with summaries of many important Supreme Court decisions and a great list of recommendations for further reading. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U. Moreover, the Articles of Confederation failed to provide for a chief executive capable of giving energy and focus to the new central government. But nowhere are those limitations more obvious than during the debates relating to the subject of slavery.