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The U.S. Constitution : blueprint for democracy
Bjornlund, Lydia, 1961-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Discusses the history, writers, drafting, and impact of the United States Constitution.
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Central Library KF4550.Z9 B48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Discusses the history, writers, drafting, and impact of the United States Constitution.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. From the Words That Changed History series, these useful volumes focus on two important documents in American history. Constitution explains why the document was needed, the factors considered in structuring the nation's government, the key players at the Constitutional Convention, the major plans and the compromises, the ways in which the Constitution has been amended, and a discussion of its success. Appendixes include the full text of the U.S. Constitution, a list of its amendments, and a chart indicating checks and balances among the three branches of government. Emancipation provides background information about slavery, the abolitionist movement, Lincoln, and, of course, the Civil War as well as the proclamation itself, the Constitutional amendment that followed it, and the proclamation's historical legacy. Illustrations in both books include black-and-white reproductions of paintings, documents, photographs, and maps. Each book ends with source notes, a glossary, and bibliographies of sources and recommended reading. Despite their lackluster format, both books organize and present a great deal of solid information in a way that will be useful for students. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Both of these thorough examinations are presented in a well-organized and readable style. Frequent sidebars feature excerpts from the original sources and present supplemental information. Constitution shows that the basis of this foundation of U.S. government lies in such documents as the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact. Chapters include sketches of some of the framers, excerpts from their personal papers, the story of the document, and how it has evolved and been amended. This discussion demonstrates to students that the impact of these words continues today, although the amendments themselves are unevenly covered. Appendixes feature the text of the Constitution, a helpful chart that compares the checks and balances of our Federal system, and a glossary of key historical terms. Emancipation gives a history of slavery, a biography of Lincoln, and background on the Civil War, and explains how the purpose and role of the proclamation shifted during the Civil Rights Movement 100 years later. Two drafts of it are reproduced, as are the full texts of Lincoln's Gettysburg and Second Inaugural Addresses. The information in these books is not new, but it is presented from a perspective that is not found in comparable titles. Black-and-white reproductions and maps appear throughout. Worthwhile additions to American history collections.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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