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Constitution : An Introduction (Hardcover) (Michael Stokes Paulsen)

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From war powers to health care, freedom of speech to gun ownership, religious liberty to abortion, practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its history of political and judicial interpretation, governs our individual lives and the life of our nation. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution itself, and are woefully unprepared to think for ourselves about recent developments in its long and storied history.The Constitution: An Introduction is the definitive modern primer on the US Constitution. Michael Stokes Paulsen, one of the nation’s most provocative and accomplished scholars of the Constitution, and his son Luke Paulsen, a gifted young writer and lay scholar, have combined to write a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution’s history and meaning in clear, accessible terms.Beginning with the Constitution’s birth in 1787, Paulsen and Paulsen offer a grand tour of its provisions, principles, and interpretation, introducing readers to the characters and controversies that have shaped the Constitution in the 200-plus years since its creation. Along the way, the authors provide correctives to the shallow myths and partial truths that pervade so much popular treatment of the Constitution, from school textbooks to media accounts of today’s controversies, and offer powerful insights into the Constitution’s true meaning.A lucid and engaging guide, The Constitution: An Introduction provides readers with the tools to think critically and independently about constitutional issuesa skill that is ever more essential to the continued flourishing of American democracy.
From healthcare to gun ownership, marriage to abortion, free speech to surveillance, every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution?s contents and meaning, and thus are woefully unprepared to interpret it for ourselves.

In The Constitution, legal scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen and his son Luke provide a clear, accessible introduction to the history and interpretation of this vital document. Beginning with the Constitution?s birth in 1787, they offer a grand tour of the characters and controversies that have shaped the text itself. In so doing, they provide readers with the tools they need to think critically and independently about constitutional issues?a skill that, Paulsen and Paulsen show, is ever more essential to the continued flourishing of American democracy.
Number of Pages: 346.0
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Constitutions, Constitutional, History + Theory
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Author: Michael Stokes Paulsen
Language: English
Street Date: May 5, 2015
TCIN: 17179294
UPC: 9780465053728
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-2915

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