JSE-WTSC | ISBN 978-078918290-6 | Softcover | $14.95
JSE-WTHC | ISBN 978-161383107-6 | Hardcover | $21.95

We the People: Foundations of American Government, Student Book

JSE-WTSC | ISBN 978-078918290-6 | Softcover | $14.95
JSE-WTHC | ISBN 978-161383107-6 | Hardcover | $21.95
We the People: Foundations of American Government, Student Book
Does the Constitution work today? This book from the Literature & Thought series contains literature that challenges the reader, promotes critical thinking, and encourages independent exploration of themes and issues related to this topic.
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Contents

Prologue

From the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Creating Context

The Constitution of the United States, with annotations

Cluster One: What Ideas Shaped the Founders?

Thinking Skill: Analyzing Sources

Magna Carta and Its American Legacy (analysis and primary source)
The Mayflower Compact (primary source)
The Pilgrims Had It Good (article)
Victor Landa
Life in a City on a Hill (book)
Sarah Vowell
Reagan’s Farewell Address (speech)
Ronald Reagan
Religious Tolerance in America (essay)
Richard Rodriguez
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! (speech)
Patrick Henry
What Makes a Government Legitimate? (book)
John Locke
Declaration of Independence (primary source)
Thomas Jefferson
The Fourth of July and Slavery (speech)
Frederick Douglass

Cluster Two: How Does the Constitution Safeguard Against Tyranny?

Thinking Skill: Comparing Points of View

The Separation of Powers (essay)
Baron de Montesquieu
When Is Bombing Constitutional? (blog)
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Blog Contributors
The Federalist Papers (essay)
James Madison
Objections to the Constitution (article)
George Mason
Minnesota Too Polite to Ask for Federal Funding (humor)
The Onion

Cluster Three: What Compromises in the Constitution Matter Today?

Thinking Skill: Evaluating Arguments

What Would the Founders Do? (book)
Richard Brookhiser
The Great Compromise (book)
Catherine Drinker Bowen
Who Rules? A Case Study in Power (analysis)
Alec MacGillis
Latinos Remake the Electoral Map (analysis)
Henry Flores
No More Racial Gerrymandering (column)
Linda Chavez

Cluster Four: Thinking on Your Own

Thinking Skill: Integrating Sources of Information

Federal Aid

Needy Students Need Aid (column)
Esther Cepeda
Fat Cat Universities Don’t Need Aid (column)
Jason Mattera

The Constitution

Americans View Basic Freedoms (survey)
First Amendment Center
Reverence for the Constitution (article)
Jill Lepore

Making Decisions

The Spoiled-Brat American Electorate (column)
Eugene Robinson
The Misguided Elite (column)
Thomas Sowell

View of Politics

Why I Hate Politics. That Government Kind. (humor)
Marcy Massura
Why I’m Political (essay)
Margaret Cho