US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, and Guide to US Government
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Table of Contents
I. Constitution (text only)
Preamble and Articles | Bill of Rights | Subsequent Amendments
II. Constitution (with analysis)
Constitution: Preamble | Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6 | Article 7
Amendments: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27
III. History, Clauses, and Interpretation
Founding Documents: Declaration of Independence (1776) | Articles of Confederation (1777) | Constitution (1787) | Bill of Rights (1789)
Formation: History of the Constitution | Articles of Confederation | Annapolis Convention | Philadelphia Convention | New Jersey Plan | Virginia Plan | Connecticut Compromise | Signatories
Adoption: Massachusetts Compromise | Federalist Papers
Amendments: Bill of Rights | Ratified | Unsuccessful | Conventions to propose | State ratifying conventions
Clauses: Appointments | Case or controversy | Citizenship | Commerce | Commerce (Dormant) | Confrontation | Contract | Copyright | Due Process | Equal Protection | Establishment | Exceptions | Free Exercise | Full Faith and Credit | Impeachment | Natural–born citizen | Necessary and Proper | No Religious Test | Presentment | Privileges and Immunities (Art. IV) | Privileges or Immunities (14th Amend.) | Speech or Debate | Supremacy | Suspension | Takings Clause | Taxing and Spending | Territorial | War Powers
Interpretation: Congressional power of enforcement | Double jeopardy | Enumerated powers | Incorporation of the Bill of Rights | Nondelegation | Preemption | Separation of church and state | Separation of powers | Constitutional theory | Executive privilege
Before Constitution: Colonial Government in America | US under Articles of Confederation | Constitutional Convention | Ratification
Constitution: Three Branches of Government | Federal System | General Provisions | Bill of Rights | Later Amendments
Present Government Structure: Legislative Branch | Executive Branch | Judicial Branch
President: Vice President | Cabinet
Congress: Senate | House
Federal courts: Supreme Court | Chief Justice | Associate Justices
Elections: Presidential elections | Midterm elections
Political Parties: Democratic | Republican | Third parties
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Wrong, misleading, or incomplete
A mobile reference for three specific documents would logically include the documents themselves -- but the Articles of Confederation are not in this book. Instead, the Articles are summarized by a combination of paraphrasing, selective quotes, and apparent commentary.
The omission of literal text makes reference impossible between specific language used in one document versus another. Worse, the substitution of paraphrasing can result in wrong or misleading information about the document itself.
Here, quoted material is wrong (literally) and not attributed to it's source: for example, the quotation set off in italics under the subheading Ratification (in Articles of Confederation, page 862) begins "The articles can always be reviewed..." but the source actually reads "Let them be candidly reviewed..." The error is harmful because it inverts the emphasis in the author's words to a tone of near indifference (but the error is merely wrong by substituting paraphrasing for actual text in the italicized passage). The source is not cited, making the error harder to discover and eliding a valuable reference -- unpardonable in a reference book.
Perfect for American History Lovers
As a bit of an American history buff, I love this collection because it organizes the U.S. founding documents in one place. I especially liked that I could search for passages by amendment or article number. In addition, the book went even further to outline some of the history and background of these documents, which I thought was really fantastic.
In my personal and professional life, I find myself coming back to the Declaration of Independence again and again. The Declaration is a really brilliant document indeed and it really helps to have it so readily available and in such an organized format. Great little collection here.
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- Category: Law
- Published: Jan 01, 2010
- Publisher: MobileReference
- Seller: MobileReference
- Language: English