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Ratifying the Constitution Signing the Constitution Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

 
Amendments

Democracy: Cartoon Nation
by Liam O'Donnell, Patricia Storms (Illustrator), Michael Bailey

The Bill of Rights: The First Ten Amendments of the Constitution
by David L., Jr. Hudson

The Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Charles M. Wetterer

The Thirteenth Amendment: Ending Slavery (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Elizabeth Schleichert

The Fifth Amendment: The Right to Remain Silent (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Harvey Fireside

The Second Amendment: The Right to Own Guns (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Freya Ottem Hanson

The Nineteenth Amendment: Women's Right to Vote (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Judy Monroe

The Bill of Rights: A Primary Source Investigation into the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution (Great American Political Documents)
by Nancy L. Stair

The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide
by JusticeLearning.org

. . . If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
by Elizabeth Levy and Joan Holub

The Fourteenth Amendment: Equal Protection Under the Law (Constitution)
by David L., Jr. Hudson

U.S. Constitution and You, The
by Syl Sobel

Constitution Construction (Chester the Crab's Comics with Content Series)
by Bentley Boyd

A Look at the Eighteenth and Twenty-first Amendments: The Prohibition and Sale of Intoxicating Liquors (The Constitution of the United States)
by Amy Graham

The 10 Most Important Amendments to the United States Constitution
by Albert Altobello and Doyle Wadhams

The Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments: Alcohol--Prohibition and Repeal (Constitution (Springfield, Union County, N.J.).)
by Eileen Lucas

The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments;: The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation
by Thomas Jefferson

LittleBigBooks Pocket Guide - U.S. Constitution & its 27 Amendments
by LittleBigBooks

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments (Companion to the United States Constitution & Its Amendments)
by John R. Vile

Declaration Of Independence, Constitution Of The United States Of America, Bill Of Rights And Constitutional Amendments (Including Images Of Original Historical American Documents)
by Thomas , Jefferson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin

A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, Fourth Edition (Companion to the United States Constitution & Its Amendments)
by John R. Vile

Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution (1865): A Milestone Documents Analysis
by Michael Thomas Smith

The First Amendment: Selections from the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst, and Dennis J. Mahoney

The Constitution of the United States including the Bill of Rights, Amendments 11-27 and The Declaration of Independence
by KVM Media

Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment
by Robert Cottrol

The Amendments to the Constitution: A Commentary
by George Anastaplo

It's time to reclaim the 10th Amendment.(STATES RIGHTS)(United States Constitution. 1st-10th Amendments)(Law overview): An article from: New Hampshire Business Review
by Sherman Packard

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The Constitution was written before parties were a player in American politics. When John Adams was chosen for President in the 1796 election, the second-place candidate, Thomas Jefferson, became Vice President. Adams was a Federalist and Jefferson was a Democratic-Republican. The two clashed several times during Adams's presidency, though Adams's conflicts with Hamilton, a Federalist, too, probably caused Adams more concern.

Surf with Uncle Sam
Surf with Uncle Sam


Word Spy
Word Spy


Projects You Can Do

Hold a town meeting to discuss the Edwardsville ordinance. Role-play residents for and against the ban, the American Civil Liberties Union, and members of the city council, business community, and "Edwardsville Beautification Society." Testify before the pretend city council on the pros and cons of keeping the law as it is. Those acting as city council members should question those testifying and then make a decision about the ordinance. Make signs supporting your decisions.

Form groups of four to five people. Draft a new law regulating signs that will further the interests of Edwardsville (for example, signs that protect the beauty of the community and maintain real estate values), and at the same time, insure First Amendment rights.

Compose a dissenting opinion.

Discuss reasons why commercial speech (such as advertisements) has been given less protection under the First Amendment than noncommercial speech (such as political or social signs).

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