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Title The annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence / edited by Jack N. Rakove.

Published Cambridge, Mass : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  342.7302 ANNO    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents The Declaration of Independence -- The U.S. Constitution -- Amendments to the Constitution -- A Calendar of Events.
Summary "Here in a beautifully bound cloth gift 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Rakove, Jack N., 1947-
United States. Declaration of Independence.
United States. Constitution.
United States. Constitution. 1st-27th Amendments.
Subject United States. Constitution.
United States. Constitution. 1st-27th Amendments.
United States. Declaration of Independence.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Variant Title Annotated United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
ISBN 9780674036062 (alk. paper)
0674036069 (alk. paper)