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US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, and Guide to US Government
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Table of Contents
I. Constitution (text only)
Preamble and Articles | Bill of Rights | Subsequent Amendments
II. Constitution (with analysis)
Constitution: Preamble | Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3 | Article 4 | Article 5 | Article 6 | Article 7
Amendments: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27

III. History, Clauses, and Interpretation

Founding Documents: Declaration of Independence (1776) | Articles of Confederation (1777) | Constitution (1787) | Bill of Rights (1789)

Formation: History of the Constitution | Articles of Confederation | Annapolis Convention | Philadelphia Convention | New Jersey Plan | Virginia Plan | Connecticut Compromise | Signatories

Adoption: Massachusetts Compromise | Federalist Papers

Amendments: Bill of Rights | Ratified | Unsuccessful | Conventions to propose | State ratifying conventions

Clauses: Appointments | Case or controversy | Citizenship | Commerce | Commerce (Dormant) | Confrontation | Contract | Copyright | Due Process | Equal Protection | Establishment | Exceptions | Free Exercise | Full Faith and Credit | Impeachment | Natural-born citizen | Necessary and Proper | No Religious Test | Presentment | Privileges and Immunities (Art. IV) | Privileges or Immunities (14th Amend.) | Speech or Debate | Supremacy | Suspension | Takings Clause | Taxing and Spending | Territorial | War Powers

Interpretation: Congressional power of enforcement | Double jeopardy | Enumerated powers | Incorporation of the Bill of Rights | Nondelegation | Preemption | Separation of church and state | Separation of powers | Constitutional theory | Executive privilege

III. Government

Before Constitution: Colonial Government in America | US under Articles of Confederation | Constitutional Convention | Ratification

Constitution: Three Branches of Government | Federal System | General Provisions | Bill of Rights | Later Amendments

Present Government Structure: Legislative Branch | Executive Branch | Judicial Branch

President: Vice President | Cabinet

Congress: Senate | House

Federal courts: Supreme Court | Chief Justice | Associate Justices

Elections: Presidential elections | Midterm elections

Political Parties: Democratic | Republican | Third parties

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Features

  • Clear and concise explanations.
  • Search for words or phrases.
  • Add Bookmarks
  • Text annotation and mark-up
  • Access the guide anytime, anywhere - at home, on the train, in the subway.
  • Use your down time to prepare for an exam.
  • Always have the guide available for a quick reference.

Customer Reviews:

  • essential American founding documents!

    THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    & THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
    preface by Roger Pilon

    This is probably the best-liked of all the pocket Constitutions out there due to its compact size and nice-looking appearance. It's height and width are roughly akin to a man's wallet, making it easy to carry and

    The book begins with a preface by Roger Pilon of the CATO Institute. Pilon recommends that Americans should use the Declaration of Independence to provide a context for the more specific language in the Constitution. He points out that the Founders believed that our rights are inalienable and come from the principles of natural law. Our rights do not come from the government, and the government exists to protect our rights and defend the country. The Founders developed the system of enumerated powers so that no segment of government would hold too much power.

    Included are the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and a list of amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Constitutional amendments).

    This is the same version of the Constitution that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) pulled out of his pocket during the MSNBC debates and on the Colbert Report television show. It is also the same one that Republican B.J. Lawson (called "Ron Paul Jr.") held up during the GOP primary race in North Carolina (he later won the nomination). Here's to any elected official who has read and understands the founding documents of this great country!

    "Government officials must respect their oaths to
    uphold the Constitution; and we the people must
    be vigilant in seeing that they do. The Founders
    drafted an extraordinarily thoughtful plan of
    government, but it is up to us, to each generation,
    to preserve and protect it for ourselves and for
    future generations. For the Constitution will live
    only if it is alive in the hearts of the American people."
    ~Roger Pilon, pg. 7...more info
  • There's a reason this book has a complete rating of five stars...
    How can I review the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? I can't, it's been done already, probably thousands of times. They're remarkable and in my opinion, a must have for EVERY American in every walk of life.

    This edition however, I can review that. It's small, light, convenient, easy to read and easy carry. Very handy....more info
  • These founding documents are like the Bible . . .
    These founding documents are like the Bible . . .often quoted, seldom read. In fact it is worse, since they are seldom read, when people quote-unquote "quote" them, they are actually spouting nonsense, as opposed to the political wisdom of the ages.

    It is... imperative, therefore, that we should become familiar with these two philosophical pillars of political freedom. This book puts these heavenly banners and glorious standards into your hand-the truth is at your fingertips--to check up on the politicians. If they do anything crooked, keep in mind that it is our fault for not being aware and active in stopping them.

    Don't be intimidated by the language. There is an old saying that Plato is easier to understand the Platonists. The original documents are easier to understand than the snake twisting that many lawyers and fanatics put to the documents. You asre smart enough to decide for yourself....more info

  • Read it often
    About a year ago, I saw a movie called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. The movie is about President Chavez in Venezuela and the failed coup attempt on his presidency. In the background coverage of his presidency, the filmmakers recounted how as President, he encouraged his citizens to read their brand new constitution and learn it. They interviewed some Venezuelans who did not know to read, but had learned to read by reading their constitution.

    I was touched by this, but then I thought "how many Americans can say they've read the Constitution?" My guess is probably not many. And those that have only did it for school and have since forgotten much of what they learned. Personally, I remember having to memorize the Bill of Rights for a class, but that's about it.

    So I bought a copy of the Constitution for myself and began reading it.

    In a time when Congress is passing legislation that infringes upon the rights guaranteed us by our Constitution, it's important now more than ever that we read and understand it....more info
  • The most important document ever written
    Don't let somebody else tell you what the Constitution says -- read it yourself and know for sure. Beware of self-serving politicos who try to insist that the Constitution says such-and-such when it doesn't. Here it is in black and white.

    For all it's influence, it is a remarkably short document; which is impressive when you consider that it contains the entire basis of US representative government. Read it, learn it, and you will come to truly understand the basic principles that are to this day reshaping the world.

    The ideas written down by those brilliant men over 200 years ago holds as true today as it did then....more info
  • Every American should own this
    Perfect little reprint of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Pocket/purse/briefcase size. Great price. Have this in your home, every American should....more info
  • Don't leave home without it!
    The Cato Institute--a libertarian think-tank in Washington, D.C.--deserves great praise for producing this handy, inexpensive, and durable pocket-sized edition of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Dismayingly few people know the contents of these documents, and those who want to know typically ask for a book to read about them. However, it is far better--and takes less time--to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution than to read about them.

    The great U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black used to carry a copy of the Constitution everywhere with him in his coat pocket. Thanks to the Cato Institute, everyone else can do the same. ...more info
  • Great pocket constitution
    Great pocket constitution. Small but not so small you cannot read it. I recommend this to anyone looking for a pocket constitution....more info
  • Please America; WAKE UP
    We need to wake up before we destroy the greatest country known to man. Don't let liberal greed for power win!...more info
  • Take a Few Hours and Read This
    This is the American vision of what government should be. Many people think that America is a democracy but it is actually a constitutional democracy. The Constitution of the United States sets limits to the powers of government in Article 1, Section 8 (pgs 23-5). Outside of these enumerated powers the government has no authority to do anything else.

    It really is a beautiful system of government. All law-making powers are vested in the Senate and House of Representatives. However, a president can check their power by vetoing any laws they pass, which they can then override by a 2/3 majority in both houses. The president's function is to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" and to the the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States. The Supreme Court and other courts oversee the laws passed by the legislature and, I suppose, the actions of the president to make sure that they fall within the bounds set by the Constitution. Congress has the ability to add to the Constitution by passing amendments. And the Bill of Rights lays out a few rights of the people and states that are absolutely not to be infringed upon, though the enumerated powers already limits the power granted to the federal government.

    Roger Pilon's brief Preface is about as much bang for the word as one could ask for. Check it out!

    ...more info

  • A Must Have
    A good pocket sized reference for anyone who swears to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States...more info
  • Our Constitution
    Great book, small anough to keep in my shirt pocket

    With all the rights that are gradually being stolen from us today, I thought now would be a great time to brush up on what are founding fathers gave us and do my part to see that we get them back....more info
  • Essential to Have Around
    At about 2/3 the height of a mass-market paperback book and a trim 58 pages, the only real disadvantage to this collection of America's most important documents is that, if you shelve it on your bookshelf, it may get lost. It is a tiny book, meaning that it's not bogged down by a ponderous introduction or tedious analyses. It contains just the Declaration and the Constitution themselves, as well as a concise and informative introduction. It's really the book to buy if you just want to have the Founding Fathers' documents plain and simple. And read it every few years, just to get a sense of what principles America was built on. These documents should always be the basis of any intelligent discussion about American politics....more info
  • essential American founding documents!

    THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    & THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

    This is probably the best-liked of all the pocket Constitutions out there due to its compact size and nice-looking appearance. It's height and width are roughly akin to a man's wallet, making it easy to carry and

    The book begins with a preface by Roger Pilon of the CATO Institute. Pilon recommends that Americans should use the Declaration of Independence to provide a context for the more specific language in the Constitution. He points out that the Founders believed that our rights are inalienable and come from the principles of natural law. Our rights do not come from the government, and the government exists to protect our rights and defend the country. The Founders developed the system of enumerated powers so that no segment of government would hold too much power.

    Included are the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and a list of amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Constitutional amendments).

    This is the same version of the Constitution that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) pulled out of his pocket during the MSNBC debates and on the Colbert Report television show. It is also the same one that Republican B.J. Lawson (called "Ron Paul Jr.") held up during the GOP primary race in North Carolina (he later won the nomination). Here's to any elected official who has read and understands the founding documents of this great country!

    "Government officials must respect their oaths to
    uphold the Constitution; and we the people must
    be vigilant in seeing that they do. The Founders
    drafted an extraordinarily thoughtful plan of
    government, but it is up to us, to each generation,
    to preserve and protect it for ourselves and for
    future generations. For the Constitution will live
    only if it is alive in the hearts of the American people."
    ~Roger Pilon, pg. 7...more info
  • A must have for every home.
    No home in America is complete with out a copy of these documents. Do your children a favor; turn off the TV and the Cable News editorial talking heads, put away the Bible and read the Constitiution. While it is the most misrepresented document in history; it is the true foundation of our society....more info
  • DOI & Constitution, No More No Less
    This little book which is compact enough to be carried in your back pants pocket has a terrific intro by the Cato Institute. Beyond that, it is just what it says it is - no more no less. For $5, an excellent value. Every American should read this & carry it with them, & the most patriotic among us, do. It may come as quite a surprise to many who do read it (sadly, most who pick up this book probably already have, & those who need to, won't) that there is nothing in it allowing the federal government to provide health care, welfare, social security or education, to wire tap, to arbitrarily take away our civil liberties (before, during, or after a "national emergency") or protect "family values." All are unconstitutional. But don't take my word for it. See for yourself & buy the book....more info
  • Carry it with you!
    I think this is the most important book (next to a bible of one's choice). I give a copy to every High School and College Graduate I know so they can remember our Founding Fathers and Founding Principles/ Values....more info
  • Great explanations of the Bill of Rights!
    The real value in this book is that it has explanations about recent case law, the popular and dissenting opinions, and implications of the Bill of Rights.

    Of course the book has much more than that, but as Americans our liberties are the most valuable asset we possess. This book is a good reminder of all the history, and how amazing the freedoms we have been gifted as American citizens are. I like to re-read the Constitution every few years, and this book, with its included annotations, is a good way to do that....more info