The latest addition to ABC-CLIO’s popular Documents Decoded series, John R. Vile’s Founding Documents of America presents historic documents key to the foundations of our nation’s government accompanied by introductions that supply background information and analysis that highlights key provisions and provide historical context. The coverage extends beyond the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights to provide contextual understanding of a wide range of other documents, such as private diary entries and political polemics, that will further readers’ understanding of the United States’ founding and early political development.
The documents are organized chronologically into four sections: constitutional antecedents; the revolutionary and confederal periods; calling and convening the Constitutional Convention; and debating, ratifying, implementing, and amending the new Constitution. Through its more than 50 primary source documents—from the Magna Carta of 1215 through the Bill of Rights, which was adopted in 1791—this book will serve high school and college students seeking to understand the documents that laid the foundations for the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and provide opportunities for student readers to build critical thinking skills.
- Supplies comprehensive explanations of the key documents that influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing and ratification of the U.S. Constitution
- Provides expert commentary on—and clarification of—complex and difficult-to-comprehend passages
- Serves to demonstrate how national documents often drew from experiences at the state level
- Offers authoritative information that supports any study of America's founding era and the individuals who set the course of the young nation