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The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

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Here in a newly annotated edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787 88), in which We the People forged a new nation and built the framework for our federal republic. Together with the Bill of Rights and the Civil War amendments, these document ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Belknap Press (first published 2009)
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Phillip
This volume is excellent for civics instruction. The texts of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Amendments to the Constitution are nicely laid out.

Rakove's annotations to the three documents provide a taste of their history and interpretation.
John Harvey
Do not buy kindle version

The content of the book is good. However it is the worst formatted kindle book I have ever read. The footnotes are mixed in with the text and most are before the paragraph they are related to. It is sometimes hard to keep straight the text of the constitution, the comments, and the footnotes. None of the images are in the kindle version. If you want to read this book buy the printed book.
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Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford, where he has taught since 1980. His principal areas of research include the origins of the American Revolution and Constitution, the political practice and theory of James Madison, and the role of historical knowledge in constitutional litigation. ...more
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