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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States (Bantam Classic) [Mass Market Paperback]

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1 July 1998 Bantam Classic
The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration set forth the terms of a new form of government with the following words: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Framed in 1787 and in effect since March 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America fulfilled the promise of the Declaration by establishing a republican form of government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. Among the rights guaranteed by these amendments are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to trial by jury. Written so that it could be adapted to endure for years to come, the Constitution has been amended only seventeen times since 1791 and has lasted longer than any other written form of government.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553214829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553214826
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Declaration Review 8 July 2009
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This book has explained the various aspects of the Declaration of Independence the Bill of Rights and Amendments in such a way that it can be easily understood. Brilliant Book!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secondary American Bibles 7 Nov 2013
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Small but stunning, an absolute must for any American and certainly for anybody interested in American history and politics. The introduction takes up about half of the book, which seems quite comical but takes nothing away from the book's quality.

I'll repeat, just an absolute must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, concise and exactly what it says 3 Oct 2013
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This small book contains full versions of the two most important documents that form the US constitutional system. These documents are themselves short, concise and to the point - something that maybe modern constitutional document writers should remember.

There is a certain amount of historical context given for these documents in the introduction and notes, but this is not a history book. If you're after a concise history of the USA, then you might want to consider something like the "Mental Floss" history of the USA, which gives a quick history of the country - including the drafting of these documents - in only 400 easy-reading pages. The jocular style might not be to everyone's taste, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome !! 7 April 2013
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Yeah this is a great book and a great buy .The constitution and declaration of independence has to be the greatest documents ever written ( not sorry liberals) and the entire book outlines how it came about and great details about the law itself !!Very relevant for today !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, not only for Americans. 9 Mar 2012
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This little book is a great read and more relevant today than it has ever been. All the information you will need on the constitution is very well presented in a compact package that fits in your back pocket.
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A straightforward text of both documents and a description of the process of composition. There are no unnecessary or unasked for opinions.
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