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The Constitution of the United States: A Primer for the People

 
 
 
 
The Constitution of the United States: A Primer for the People
Author: David P. Currie
ISBN 13: 9780226131047
ISBN 10: 226131041
Edition: Second Edition
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2000-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 175
List Price: $20.00
 
 

A masterly introduction to the United States Constitution, this slim book leads the reader through a concise overview of the document's individual articles and amendments. With clear and accessible language, Currie then examines each of the three branches of the federal government and explains the relation between the federal and state governments. He analyzes those constitutional provisions that are designed to protect citizens from governmental interference, such as the due process and equal protection clauses and the confusing first amendment provisions respecting the separation of church and state, and includes discussions of judicial review and freedom of speech and of the press.

A sympathetic yet critical guide, Currie's book enables students and laypersons to understand one of the cornerstones of the Western political tradition. The second edition, along with an updated chronology and bibliography, incorporates the Supreme Court decisions over the past decade that have affected constitutional interpretation.

"Superb . . . highly recommended for those seeking a reliable, understandable, and useful introduction to our constitution."—Appellate Practice Journal and Update