Easy Lessons on the Constitution of the United States
Author: Alfred Bayliss
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: A. J. Cornell Publications
Release Date: January 17, 2011
The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787. A hundred and four years later, an Illinois school superintendent wrote this handy and useful book to help students understand this landmark document. In addition to the Constitution itself and the History of its Adoption, the book consists of 25 short and easy lessons—including review questions—that explain in simple, everyday language what the sometimes archaic-sounding or legal-sounding phrases and clauses of the Constitution actually mean. Learn the powers of Congress, the President, the courts, the states, and much more.
Note: Because this book was written in 1891, some factual details mentioned are out of date (for example, postage stamps today cost more than they did then, the term of a copyright today is longer than it was then, and there are more members of the House of Representatives today than there were then). However, the heart of the book, the lessons explaining of the original document, will be helpful to any student of the Constitution. Also note: In this Kindle edition, the original Constitution is annotated to show which sections have been modified over time; also, although only the first fifteen Amendments existed when this book was first published, all twenty-seven are included here.
About the Author:
Alfred Bayliss (1847-1911) was an English-born American educator. In his youth he worked as a farm laborer and carpenter and fought in the Civil War. In 1870 he began teaching in the city schools of Lagrange, Indiana. In 1874 he moved to Sterling, Illinois, where he was superintendent of a school district. From 1896-1899 he was principal of the township high school of Streator, Illinois.