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The ideal introduction for students, aspiring citizens, and general readers to documents as relevant today as they were when first drafted more than 200 years ago.


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The ideal introduction for students, aspiring citizens, and general readers to documents as relevant today as they were when first drafted more than 200 years ago.

30 review for The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States

  1. 4 out of 5

    Del Herman

    Probably the two most important documents from American history, these two in unison are absolutely brilliant and eloquent blueprints for free and fair society. Of course both have their flaws (Jefferson refers to Native Americans as "savages" in the Declaration and the Constitution doesn't seem to care much for African American rights) and have taken over 200 years (and counting) of turmoil to fully perfect and interpret in the way that they ought to be applied, but both are essential not only Probably the two most important documents from American history, these two in unison are absolutely brilliant and eloquent blueprints for free and fair society. Of course both have their flaws (Jefferson refers to Native Americans as "savages" in the Declaration and the Constitution doesn't seem to care much for African American rights) and have taken over 200 years (and counting) of turmoil to fully perfect and interpret in the way that they ought to be applied, but both are essential not only to American democracy but as universal statements for those worldwide who believe government ought to be responsive of the will of the people, not vice versa. Declaration of Independence (1776): Unfortunately not many people have read the Declaration in full outside of required school assignments. The Declaration is basically Jefferson's eloquent defense of revolution against the British, he lists his grievances against King George III and declares hereafter a new country called the United States of America. It's barely three pages in length, but puts the ideas of the Founding Fathers into perfect form, justifying revolution through Enlightenment ideals (mainly those of John Locke). It's a beautiful philosophic defense of revolution and the rights of citizen under government. Constitution of the United States (1789): Lays out the fundamentals of American government. Goes through the procedures through which the legislative, executive, and judicial branches ought to be run and defines the parameters of their power. It's a lot of old news, but the thinking is brilliant. The system of checks and balances is simply the most innovative idea in political theory. The founding fathers created a government of self-regulation, that controls itself through the pushes and push-backs of each branch against the other. The very mechanics of American government thus act as the very things that limit it. It also strikes beautiful compromise between freedom and control, by specifying the limitations of Congress (such as the banning of the ex post facto law) and by specifying the necessities of Congress (regulating the money supply). The Constitution set up a system of government based on balance and harmony. Not everyone might always be rewarded by this process, but it is the best way to preserve the balance between the need for order and security as well as liberty and freedom. I also want to state my love of the amendments, particularly the Bill of Rights: it is these addendums that I think complete the Constitution as a whole. While the main thing is brilliant, the Bill of Rights helps to state in explicit terms the necessary liberties of our free state. I am glad Jefferson and the Anti- Federalist crowd got this in, such rights as the freedom of speech and religion, the freedom from unnecessary searches and seizures, avoidance of unusual crimes and punishments, and eminent domain are all important parts of our lives as Americans. If more Americans read this, we'd have a better society. Both the Declaration and the Constitution are brilliant documents of free but orderly society. While slavery and ethnic cleansing among other things sometimes corrupts the impression of these works, they are not to be forgotten for the ideas they transmit on how government and citizen should interact, how government should work, and how citizens of a free society need to think in order to preserve liberty.

  2. 4 out of 5

    EMMANUEL

    I read this book to expose myself to the foundation of the USA Politicism, in hopes that I would be proud of the country for how constitutional they were. I am referring to the government in regards of being constitutional, but realized they are the polar opposite, and quite honestly the most dictator of all government’s in the world. This book does not provide, nor does any book in this country provide (that is available in bookstores), a full literary doctrine of a person’s rights, which this I read this book to expose myself to the foundation of the USA Politicism, in hopes that I would be proud of the country for how constitutional they were. I am referring to the government in regards of being constitutional, but realized they are the polar opposite, and quite honestly the most dictator of all government’s in the world. This book does not provide, nor does any book in this country provide (that is available in bookstores), a full literary doctrine of a person’s rights, which this book states a person deserves to have and enforced. Having this book reinforces the association go the government being a political dictator system and being unconstitutional. This means of a government that is currently standard in the USA, defies the law and order that is needed to obtain the pursuit of the Constitution - Form a more perfect union, establish justice… 
Oh Where is our Future going to come to when the law doesn’t work for the people, and works for Political murders.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JaNel

    This was great. He restated the documents in everyday language and discussed the meanings simply. It also included the original documents along with quizzes and a vocabulary list.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rflutist

    This book is the best review of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution I encountered while studying for the State Department exam. It's concise, inexpensive, and presents the facts in a relevant and memorable way. Whether you're a high school student, adult, or merely curious about the subject matter at hand, this book will remain appealing to a wide audience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    An adequate introduction to the Constitution for a young reader. I was disappointed in the liberal interpretation of our governing document. Time would be better spent studying the actual Constitution rather than what someone has to say about it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a great edition for testing review, with key words and review questions at the end of each chapter.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    (8.1.12) Had a bit of an accident in Elliott Bay Bookstore last night: bought this and four other books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    Do not buy this book. Pages are missing and out of order. Need I say more?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jason Stern

  10. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiani Moore

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eleonor Ivdal

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elise Rose

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julia Givens

  15. 5 out of 5

    B. Practical

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carl

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna Meyer

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    Helen Latham

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom Hanks

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emidio

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacinro

  22. 5 out of 5

    Giovanni

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Barros

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert McNaught

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Miller

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 4 out of 5

    芦宇桐

  29. 5 out of 5

    Q Quackenbush

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

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