A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 2015Edition: 6th edDescription: 1 online resource (345 p.)ISBN: 9781440833281Subject(s): Constitutional law -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its AmendmentsDDC classification: 342.7302 LOC classification: KF4550 .V55 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Half Title ; Title Page ; Copyright ; Dedication ; Contents ; Preface to the Sixth Edition ; Acknowledgments ; Chapter 1 The Background and Purposes of the Constitution ; The Colonial Setting ; The Declaration of Independence ; The Background of the Declaration ; The Purpose of the Document ; The Idea of Equality of Human Rights ; The Purpose of Government ; The Right of Revolution ; Charges against the English King ; Indictments against the King and the Parliament ; War Atrocities and Slavery ; Recapitulation of Earlier Petitions ; Conclusion ; The Articles of Confederation
The Background The Principles and Structures ; The Achievements and Problems ; Prelude to the Constitutional Convention ; The Constitutional Convention ; The Delegates ; The Rules ; The Virginia Plan ; The New Jersey Plan ; Prominent Convention Issues and Compromises ; Ratification of the Constitution ; The Preamble ; The Purposes of the Constitution ; Summary ; References and Suggestions for Further Study ; Chapter 2 Article I: The Legislative Branch ; The Outline of the Constitution and Separation of Powers ; The Priority of the Legislative Branch ; Bicameralism
The U.S. House of RepresentativesTerms of Office and Qualifications for Voters ; Qualifications for the House ; Representation and Taxation ; The Three-Fifths Clause ; Initial State Representation ; House Vacancies ; The Speaker of the House ; The Power of Impeachment ; The U.S. Senate; Representation, Voting, and Terms ; Staggered Senate Terms and Vacancies ; Qualifications for the Senate ; The Legislative Role of the Vice President ; Other Senate Officers ; Trials of Impeachment ; The Consequences of Impeachment ; Other Matters Involving Congressional Operations ; Elections for Congress
Housekeeping Provisions Congressional Compensation ; Congressional Privilege ; The Emoluments Clause ; Article I, Section 7-Procedures for Passing Laws; The Origination Clause ; Procedures for Lawmaking and Presidential Vetoes ; The Presentment Clause ; Article I, Section 8-Powers Granted to Congress; The Power of the Purse ; Power to Regulate Commerce ; A Note on Native Americans ; Power over Naturalization and Bankruptcies ; Coining Money and Establishing Uniform Standards ; Establishing a Post Office and Promoting Scientific Advances ; Establishing Lower Courts ; War Powers
Calling the Militia Governing the District of Columbia ; Implied Powers ; Congressional Investigations ; Article I, Section 9-Limits on Congressional Powers; Slave Importation ; The Suspension Clause and the Writ of Habeas Corpus ; Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Laws ; Economic Protections for the States ; The Appropriation of Money ; Titles of Nobility ; Article I, Section 10-Limits on the States; Powers Reserved to the National Government ; The Contract Clause ; Other Economic Limits on the States ; Summary ; References and Suggestions for Further Study
Chapter 3 Article II: The Executive Branch
Now in its sixth edition with coverage of major Supreme Court decisions through the end of the 2013-2014 term, this book remains a key source for students, professors, and citizens seeking balanced, up-to-date information on the Constitution, its amendments, and how they have been interpreted.
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CHOICE ReviewThe fifth edition of Vile's companion to the text of the Constitution strikes a salutary balance between the detailed and legalistic work of Sue Davis' edition of Corwin and Peltason's Understanding the Constitution (2007) and the more popular and less reliable guides on the market. Vile (Middle Tennessee State Univ.) covers the major Supreme Court cases, but his focus remains on the text. Long after court decisions are consigned to the dustbin of history, the Constitution remains. Vile resists the temptation to turn his text into a history of the Supreme Court. Besides the expected updating, the new edition is more succinct and clearer than its predecessor. It contains references for further study, a glossary, highlights of constitutional history, a list of Supreme Court justices, and a section on locating and reading Supreme Court decisions. It includes the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as well as the Constitution. Well organized and reliable, it is the best introductory guide to the Constitution currently available. It can be used for senior and AP classes in high schools, as well as college level introductions to the Constitution or courses on US government. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduate students. P. J. Galie Canisius College
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John R. Vile , PhD, is professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University.