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.
The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide
(4th edition , 2004)
The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide explores our Constitution’s first ten amendments and their resilience through time. This award-winning text includes the historical background of the amendments and the rights granted therein, along with a study of the Fourteenth Amendment. Profiles and legal analyses of the Supreme Court cases that have interpreted and upheld these basic human rights are also featured, along with the stories of the ordinary people behind the cases. The book includes a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide is a winner of the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.