The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence (Paperback)

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    Here in a newly annotated edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787–88), in which “We the People” forged a new nation...

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    Jack N. Rakove is the William R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning title Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.

    Here in a newly annotated edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787–88), in which “We the People” forged a new nation and built the framework for our federal republic. Together with the Bill of Rights and the Civil War amendments, these documents constitute what James Madison called our “political scriptures” and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian serves as a guide to these texts, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary.

    In an introductory essay written for the general reader, Jack N. Rakove provides a narrative political account of how these documents came to be written. In his commentary on the Declaration of Independence, Rakove sets the historical context for a fuller appreciation of the important preamble and the list of charges leveled against the Crown. When he glosses the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the subsequent amendments, Rakove once again provides helpful historical background, targets language that has proven particularly difficult or controversial, and cites leading Supreme Court cases. A chronology of events provides a framework for understanding the road to Philadelphia. The general reader will not find a better, more helpful guide to our founding documents than Jack N. Rakove.

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    ISBN 9780674066229
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions
    Format Paperback
    Pages 354
    Publisher Date 2012-10-22 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Belknap Pr
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 6.75 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.86 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Rakove, Jack N.

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