The Constitution Decoded: A Guide to the Document That Shapes Our Nation
We all know what the Constitution is, yet so many, including the next generation of leaders and voters, do not know the meaning behind its words or its true history. The Constitution Decoded: A Guide to the Document That Shapes Our Nation by Katie Kennedy seeks to change that. An accessible yet richly layered work written clearly and simply to explain the Constitution word by word, idea by idea, it gives young readers a true understanding of not only how the Framers envisioned the United States, but also why they made the choices they did. For example, did you know that the First Amendment (the freedom of speech), is not the first amendment because the Framer’s thought it was the most important, but because there were two other amendments which didn’t make it into the final document? And that the Thirteenth Amendment, which proclaimed the abolition of slavery in 1865, was actually not ratified by all of the states immediately? (Mississippi did not officially submit the proper documentation to ratify the amendment until 2013.)
The perfect gift for the budding activist or anyone interested in the history of this country, The Constitution Decoded gives young readers the knowledge they need to be active, engaged citizens and informed voters of tomorrow.