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Amending America

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

1st ed.

Published by Times Books in New York .
Written in English

About the Book

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.

Table of 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

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Copyright Date


Dewey Decimal Class
342.73/03, 347.3023
Library of Congress
KF4555 .B47 1993

The Physical Object

xix, 392 p.
Number of pages
24 x x centimeters

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