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Amending America : if we love the Constitution so much, why do we keep trying to change it?

Author: Richard B Bernstein; Jerome Agel
Publisher: New York : Times Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Constitution is the mainspring of American public life. It guides how we govern ourselves and embodies our national ideals. We venerate the founding fathers for giving us a political and moral compass that retains its power two centuries hence, and many Americans stand with Abraham Lincoln in proclaiming our nation "the last best hope on earth." And yet, even as we marvel at the grandeur of our constitutional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Bernstein, Richard B., 1956-
Amending America.
New York : Times Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)606293278
Online version:
Bernstein, Richard B., 1956-
Amending America.
New York : Times Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)622844106
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Bernstein; Jerome Agel
ISBN: 0812920384 9780812920383
OCLC Number: 26399010
Description: xix, 392 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Devising the amending process. Antecedents of Article V --
An easy, regular, and constitutional way --
The first fruits of Article V : the Bill of Rights --
Setting the pattern : the Eleventh and Twelfth Amendments --
II. The amending process and the development of the Constitution. Take care of the Union --
Redefining the Union : the Civil War amendments --
Democratizing the Constitution : the progressive amendments --
Testing the limits of democratization --
The First Citizen : adjusting the presidency --
Roads not taken : proposed amendments to the Constitution --
The nation the amending process made --
With all the coolness of philosophers : proposals to rewrite the Constitution --
III. Implications of the amending process. Riddles without answers : issues of the amending process --
Amending America --
Appendix A : The Constitution of the United States (literal text, with Amendments through 1992) --
Appendix B : Amendments proposed by Congress but not ratified by the states --
Appendix C : Chronology of the Amendments.
Responsibility: Richard B. Bernstein with Jerome Agel.

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The Constitution is the mainspring of American public life. It guides how we govern ourselves and embodies our national ideals. We venerate the founding fathers for giving us a political and moral compass that retains its power two centuries hence, and many Americans stand with Abraham Lincoln in proclaiming our nation "the last best hope on earth." And yet, even as we marvel at the grandeur of our constitutional system, we can't resist tinkering with it. Amending America seeks to answer the enduring question, "If we love the Constitution so much, why do we keep trying to change it?" Richard B. Bernstein and Jerome Agel tell the dramatic story of how, over the past two hundred years, the American people have reshaped the Constitution to meet the country's changing needs. - Jacket flap.

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