The U.S. Constitution : a very short introduction /

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Author / Creator:Bodenhamer, David J., author.
Imprint:New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2018.
Description:xxiv, 143 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Language:English
Series:Very short introductions ; v.566
Very short introductions ; v.566.
Subject:United States. -- Constitution.
Constitution (United States)
Constitutional history -- United States.
Constitutional law -- United States.
LAW -- Constitutional.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Constitutions.
Constitutional history.
Constitutional law.
United States.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11546545
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Varying Form of Title:United States Constitution
ISBN:9780195378320
0195378326
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-130) and index.
Summary:"Though the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788, its impact on our lives is as recent as today's news. Claims and counterclaims about the constitutionality of governmental actions are a habit of American politics. This document, which its framers designed to limit power, often has made political conflict inevitable. It also has accommodated and legitimized the political and social changes of a vibrant, powerful democratic nation. A product of history's first modern revolution, the Constitution embraced a new formula for government: it restrained power on behalf of liberty, but it also granted power to promote and protect liberty. The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes that have shaped American constitutional history: federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. Informed by the latest scholarship, this book places constitutional history within the context of American political and social history. As our nation's circumstances have changed, so has our Constitution. Today we face serious challenges to the nation's constitutional legacy. Endless wars, a sharply divided electorate, economic inequality, and immigration, along with a host of other issues, have placed demands on government and on society that test our constitutional values. Understanding how the Constitution has evolved will help us adapt its principles to the challenges of our age"--Provided by publisher.

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