Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

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Our leaders swear to uphold it, our military to defend it. It is the blueprint for the shape and function of government itself and what defines Americans as Americans. But how many of us truly know our Constitution?
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land. What revolutionary ideas made the Constitution’s authors dare to cast off centuries of rule by kings and queens? Why do we have an electoral college rather than a popular vote for president and vice president? How did a document that once sanctioned slavery, denied voting rights to women, and turned a blind eye to state governments running roughshod over the liberties of minorities transform into a bulwark of protection for all? The United States Constitution answers all of these questions. Sure to surprise, challenge, and provoke, it is hands down the most memorable introduction to America’s founding document.


I got this book a while ago, as a friend had to read it for her freshman year of college.  I recently picked it up again, expecting just the text of the constitution with some pictures.  Instead I found a fascinating story that brought up questions about our nation's founding document that I never thought to ask.  The novel isn't patronizing or overly biased.  Instead, it's thoughtful and thought-provoking, brilliantly weaving an interesting story that's even better because it's true.  This would especially be a great way for teachers to get their students to want to learn about the Constitution.  My one gripe is that all of the presidents and vice presidents are portrayed as white men.  However, at the time this book was published, that was historically all we'd had for presidents.  The author does point out diversity in the government in another section of the book.  All in all, this book is a great way to learn about the US government and actually be excited about it.

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