The United States Constitution: One Document, Many Choices, 1st Edition

  • J. Vile
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 1137513500
  • ISBN-13: 9781137513502
  • DDC: 342.7302
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 203 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released December 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Institutional Choices and the Preamble: It’s a Real-World Document, Not a Utopian Blueprint.
2: The Legislative Branch: It’s a Congress, Not a Parliament.
3: The Executive Branch: It’s Headed by an Accountable Elected Official, Not a King or a Dictator.
4: The Judicial Branch: It’s a Group of Lawyers, Not Platonic Guardians.
5: The Nation and the States: The Arrangement Is Federal, Not Confederal or Unitary.
6: The Constitutional Amending Process: It’s Difficult because It’s Designed to Preserve the Constitution as Fundamental Law.
7: The Bill of Rights and Freedom of Belief and Expression: They Provide for Liberty, Not License.
8: The Bill of Rights, the Right to Security, and the Rights of the Accused and the Convicted: They Protect the Guilty in Order to Protect the Innocent.
9: Equality and the Thirteenth through Fifteenth Amendments: It’s an Equality of Opportunity, Not a Guarantee of Equal Results.
Postscript: A Time for Reflection.
Glossary.
The Constitution of the United States.
Index.