The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide
(5th edition , 2018)
In this newly revised edition of The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide, award-winning author and constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk explores the remarkable history of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. With a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the book analyzes each amendment, the Supreme Court’s interpretation of every right, and the power of citizens to enforce those rights. The book also examines the Fourteenth Amendment, which nationalized the Bill of Rights and extended new rights of equality to all. The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.
The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide To the Constitution
(revised edition, 2015)
The Words We Live By is designed to give Americans the balanced and accessible information they need to more fully understand the nation’s charter. It is a distilled overview of the historical background, legal analysis, and current controversies of the Constitution. Using the metaphor of the Constitution as a conversation, The Words We Live By is filled with quotes by Americans of wide-ranging views from all walks of life.
Ordinary Americans: U.S. History Through the Eyes of Everyday People
(2nd edition , 2003)
“This is the way history should be told,” says PBS filmmaker Ken Burns of this collection of nearly 200 first-person accounts by everyday people. Ordinary Americans tells history as the average American actually lived it, covering 500 years of U.S. history from a bottom-up rather than a top-down perspective. Drawn from letters, diaries, autobiographical accounts, and interviews, these Americans’ stories are funny, moving, exasperating, often inspiring. They’re not just about what happened, but how real people felt about what happened.