The Constitution of the United States and its amendments are clearly explained phrase-by-phrase in this revised edition. Through instantaneous communication by audio and visual mass media, contemporary American society is constantly made aware of the vital impact of the national Constitution and its interpretations with regard to political, economic, and social issues. This concise analysis of the meaning of the Constitution, with expositions of the history and principles of constitutionalism, should provide better understanding of and respect for the basic law of the land.
Edward F. Cooke is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pittsburgh
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Making the United States Constitution Chapter 3 Fundamental Principles in Our Constitution Chapter 4 How to Understand Our Constitutional System Chapter 5 The United States Constitution Chapter 6 The Amendments Chapter 7 Relations Between the Nation and the States