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By 1787, the leaders of America’s 13 newly-created states that had just won their independence from Britain convened to draw up the Constitution of the United States. However, many citizens feared that a new American government could take away certain of their rights, just as the British had done when they were colonies. It was soon agreed to add a series of ten amendments to the Constitution that would guarantee specific rights to all citizens and states. These first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. Syl Sobel presents the amendments in this brand-new book, clearly explaining them in terms that grammar school students will find both meaningful and interesting. In the process, he points out fascinating facets of American constitutional history and law. He also explains how such rights as freedom of religion, speech, and assembly, as well as protections from unreasonable searches and a fair trial by jury apply to all of us in our daily lives. Here is a book that will be valued by teachers and enjoyed by students. Includes line illustrations, a glossary, and a suggested reading list. (Ages 8 and older)

Listen to an Interview With Syl Sobel:

About the Author:
Syl Sobel, J.D.,
is the Director of Publications & Media Division, at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books about the American government all published by Barron's. His works include Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts, How the U.S. Government Works, The U.S. Constitution and You, The Bill of Rights , and The Declaration of Independence.


Paperback / 48 Pages / 7 1/16 x 9 1/4 / 2008


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