What Is the Constitution?

by Patricia Brennan Demuth illustrated by Tim Foley


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Fifty-five men from the original 13 states argued fiercely for months over this four-page document that became the basis for American law. Big issues and little-known facts!

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Fact-Filled Nonfiction Series, Eye-Catching Illustrations, Behind-the-Scenes History, Engaging Easy-to-Read Format

Topics and Themes:
US History, Politics, Branches of Government, Founders and Framers, Northern and Southern States, Wisdom and Foresight, Law

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Signed on September 17, 1787, four years after the American War for Independence, the US Constitution laid out the supreme law of the United States of America. Today, it’s easy for us to take this blueprint of our government for granted. But the Framers—55 men from almost all of the original 13 states—argued fiercely for many months over what ended up being only a four-page document.

Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the hotly fought issues and the key players such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington who suffered through countless revisions to make the Constitution happen.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 3 - 5
    • Ages: 8 - 11
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-60705-5