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Title:
The dictionary of the U.S. Consitution
Author:
Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick.
Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A dictionary of terms and concepts related to the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions which have interpreted it.
General Note:
"A Franklin Watts library edition"--P. 4 of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531115701
Format :
Book

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Summary

The United States Constitution is, of course, a document every citizen should be familiar with. But how does one arrive at an understanding of a document that is written mostly in 18th-century language and open 21st-century interpretations? This book, an A-Z dictionary of concepts and terms found in the Constitution or related to it, points the way. The 350-plus entries in this dictionary treat themes as diverse as impeachment, judicial review, freedom of religion, and privacy. Each article and amendment of the Constitution is discussed from many perspectives, and extensive cross-referencing directs readers to relevant entries or sections of the Constitution. Boldfaced block quotes highlight interesting notions and observations about liberty, representative, government, or the sometime failings of the Constitution to live up to its promise of equal protection of the laws and due process of law for all people.


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Booklist Review

In A^-Z format, this volume seeks to provide "a roadmap to the republic" for grades five and up. Entries cover a variety of terms related to the U.S. Constitution; examples include Civil liberties; Executive branch; Federalist Papers; Habeus corpus, writ of; Pardons and reprieves; and Speech, freedom of. Most entries end with a list of see also references. A preface answering the question "What is the constitution?" begins the volume. An index with the main entry in bold type completes the coverage. The entries on the Constitution and its amendments and articles are well done, but the rest of the book is unattractive and confusing. The black-and-white illustrations are small and often blurred, with lengthy captions in very small print crowded in the page margins. Also in the margins are quotations and additional information, such as lists of standing congressional and Senate committees. These margin notes are not always well placed in relation to the entries they are meant to amplify. This resource is not likely to appeal to its intended audience. A better choice is Macmillan's four-volume The Constitution and Its Amendments [RBB Mr 15 99].


Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This book contains alphabetical entries that range from a single explanatory paragraph to two-to-three page discussions of constitutional issues. Feinberg defines terms or concepts, complete with historical background and summaries of pertinent court cases and laws. There are entries for currently used legal and constitutional terms, as well as historical terms that describe the framing and evolution of the Constitution from its roots in British common law. In addition, the author provides explanatory entries for each article of the Constitution and the entire text of the document, clarified through her margin notes. Her definitions and explanations are quite clear, even for difficult legal terms such as procedural and substantive due process and concepts such as the incorporation of the Bill of Rights. The author is objective in her treatment of controversial subjects. There is extensive cross-referencing, as well as a comprehensive index and a very complete bibliography. Average-quality black-and-white photos and illustrations, identified and explained by long captions, supplement the text. Margins feature quotes from historians, politicians, and legal scholars, as well as lists of officeholders and other related material. Although there are many books about various aspects of the Constitution, this resource offers students readable, easily understood information for reports and general background knowledge.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.