Constitutional Amendments: Beyond the Bill of Rights: Amendment XXVI - Lowering the Voting Age, 1st Edition

  • Sylvia Engdahl
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  • ISBN-10: 0737750782
  • ISBN-13: 9780737750782
  • DDC: 342.73039
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 223 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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A well-rounded social studies education is grounded in an understanding of how the Constitution -- the blueprint for a democratic society -- works. This title presents the Twenty-sixth Amendment in a historical context, examining how it has been tested in the courts and present current controversies and debates. Focuses on lowering the voting age. Each volume begins with the amendment text (accompanied by a student-friendly translation). Chapters put the amendment in historical context, examine how it has been tested in the courts and presents current controversies and debates. Reflecting provisions in both the national and state curriculum standards, these volumes provide primary and secondary sources that examine the roots of constitutional democracy as well as how the interpretation of the Constitution has evolved throughout American history. The series also explores the meaning of citizenship as well as its rights and responsibilities.

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"The discussion of voting rights is savvily embedded among the spectacle of 20th century American politics, featuring personalities such as Edward Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt. The arguments contained within build upon a real understanding of the American political and legislative process, including concepts like equal protection, universal suffrage, and the constitutionality of the amendment based upon evolving Supreme Court interpretations of young people and the election process. Discussions will engage the most libertarian of readers, including a provocative assertion that federal extortion forced states to ratify the amendment to spare the expense of running what would essentially be a second parallel elector system.This book examines various legal strictures informing the establishment of ongoing residency when living in dormitory housing, which may prove helpful for students with practical concerns. Supplementary materials include a chronological appendix of court cases related to the amendment; books, journal articles, and online resources for further information; and a thorough alphabetical index. Recommended for school and public libraries, as the constitutional amendment and its related concepts are not likely to be covered as thoroughly elsewhere. -- Reference Unbound, February 2010

— Wendy Stephens