The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights : A History in Documents

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The Bill of Rights is an extraordinary collection of original documents, carefully introduced and put into context by historian John Patrick, that traces the origins of the Bill of Rights back to England's Magna Carta and its legal traditions through to present day controversies over freedoms of speech, religion, bearing arms, assembling, and more. Examples of challenges to the Bill of Rights include:

* The Sedition Act of 1798, which made it illegal to express criticism of the U.S. government
* The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II * George W. Bush's Executive Order of November 13, 2001, expanding the government's authority against individuals when terrorism is suspected.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 211 x 257 x 17mm | 628g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 105 b/w illus.
  • 0195103548
  • 9780195103540

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The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents depicts the fight to defend civil liberties and examines through history the triumphs of the Bill of Rights....A detailed account of the history and differences this document has brought about. * NEA Today * Illuminating. * American Reference Book Annual *
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About John J. Patrick

John J. Patrick is Professor of Education in the School of Education at Indiana University. He is also Director of the Social Studies Development Center and Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education at Indiana University. Professor Patrick is the author or co-author of many publications on civic education, history education, and political ideas. Among his recent publications are The Oxford Guide to the U.S.
Government (Oxford, 2001) and The Supreme Court of the United States: A Student Companion (Oxford, 2001).
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