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Fault lines in the Constitution : the framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today

by Levinson, Cynthia,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary
Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution.
Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced'then they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and we're still experiencing the ramifications.
Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitution's creation begins with a story'all but one of them true'that connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government. From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, children's book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Lately there's been dismay that civics, government, and history have taken a backseat in classrooms. This smartly conceived book goes a long way toward reintroducing students to those subjects. After an informative introduction that dissects the Preamble and covers the leap from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution, the Levinsons link both history and current events as they offer an illustrative group of examples that show where the Constitution got it right and wrong. The nine chapters cover a wide range of topics, including bicameralism, presidential vetoes, gerrymandering, term limits, and voting rights. Each chapter begins with a controversial news event or court case. These are well-chosen: whether John McCain, born in the Canal Zone, was eligible to run for president; how a 101-year-old Texas woman was deprived of her vote because she lacked an approved ID; FDR's right to run for a third term. Then the chapters pivot (Meanwhile, Back in 1787) and describe the framers' thinking on the topic. Other repeated sections examine the relevant topic in-depth; describe alternate methods, used by other states or countries, to deal with the issue; and explain how that issue played out and the effects it may continue to have today. Although the font, charts, and well-written text make this appealing, it's not always an easy read. It is, however, an important one.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cynthia Levinson (The Youngest Marcher) and her constitutional law professor husband hone in on select aspects of the United States Constitution; after scrutiny of the Preamble's intentions and some of the document's problematic provisions, they call urgently for reform, giving it an overall C+ grade. (Sanford Levinson's 2006 book, Our Undemocratic Constitution, navigated similar terrain for an adult readership.) The authors focus on how bills become law, who can vote or be elected to office, succession provisions, and amending the Constitution; the conundrum of the Electoral College merits its own section. Interest-piquing anecdotes open each chapter, the effects of the Constitution's provisions are dramatically summarized in poster-like illustrations, and the ensuing discussions-a review of the Framers' concerns in 1787, analyses of various "Big Problems," and possible solutions found in other operating constitutions-are both cogent and highly readable ("We continue to operate under the terms of their last-minute flip-flop"). This thought-provoking and exceptionally topical work concludes with a debate between the Levinsons over the best way to accomplish much-needed changes to America's most basic governing document. Ages 10-14. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Constitutional law -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Civics -- Juvenile literature.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Civics.
United States -- Constitution -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Politics and government -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Constitution.
United States -- Politics and government.
Publisher Atlanta, Georgia :2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors Levinson, Sanford, 1941- author.
Language English
Description 235 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-225) and index.
ISBN 9781561459452
1561459453
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