The Short Constitution
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The Short Constitution

By Martin J. (Martin Joseph) Wade, William F. (William Fletcher) Russell
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • About The Authors
  • Preface
  • I. The Judge's First Talk
  • Reasons For The Study Of The Constitution Of The United States
  • II. Government
  • The Purpose And Origin Of Government Among Men—In The United States
  • III. Liberty
  • Definition Of Liberty And The Historical Background Of The Struggle For It
  • IV. America—A Democracy
  • The Spirit Of Democracy Developed Under The Constitution Of Our Country
  • V. America—A Republic
  • A Representative Form Of Government Under The Constitution
  • VI. Law
  • Necessity For Rules Of Human Conduct For Guidance And Restraint
  • VII. The Constitution
  • Personal Guaranties Grouped Under The Title "The Short Constitution"
  • VIII. Making The Constitution
  • How The Convention Of 1787 Drafted The Constitution Of The United States
  • IX. Freedom
  • How Freedom Of Worship, Speech, The Press, And Assembly Are Guaranteed
  • X. Military Provisions
  • Rights Of Citizens To Bear Arms—Restrictions On Quartering Soldiers In Homes
  • XI. Search Warrant And Indictment
  • The Home Protected Against Unlawful Search And Seizure—Grand Jury Indictment Required
  • XII. Rights Of Accused
  • Acquittal By Jury Final—Accused Not Compelled To Be A Witness
  • XIII. Life, Liberty, And Property
  • Rights Protected By Due Process Of Law—Property Taken For Public Use
  • XIV. Criminal Trials
  • Accused Guaranteed A Speedy Public Trial By An Impartial Jury Of The Local District
  • XV. The Indictment
  • Defendant Must Be Informed Concerning The Accusation Against Him
  • XVI. Guarding Rights In Court
  • Confronted By Witnesses—Compulsory Process—Aid Of Counsel—Jury In Civil Trial
  • XVII. Punishment
  • Prohibition Of Excessive Bail Or Fines, Cruel Or Unusual Punishments, And Involuntary Servitude
  • XVIII. Equal Rights Of Citizens
  • All Citizens Entitled To Equal Privileges And Immunities—Right To Vote Not Abridged
  • XIX. Writ Of Habeas Corpus
  • The Privilege Of The Writ Of Habeas Corpus Not To Be Suspended Except In War
  • XX. Other Prohibited Laws
  • No Bill Of Attainder Or Ex Post Facto Law May Be Passed By Congress
  • XXI. Titles, Gifts, Treason
  • Prohibition Of Titles And Foreign Gifts—Treason, Its Trial And Punishment
  • XXII. Jury, Except In Impeachment
  • Criminal Trials, Except Impeachment, To Be By Jury—Equal Rights—No Religious Test For Office
  • XXIII. Wrongs Under King George
  • The Story Of The Colonists In The Declaration Of Independence
  • XXIV. Shall Any Part Be Repealed
  • What Provisions Would You Have Taken Out Of The Constitution
  • XXV. Amending The Constitution
  • The Power Of The People—What Provisions Should Be Added To It
  • XXVI. Machinery Of The Government
  • The Agencies, Officers, And Methods For Exercising Powers Of The National Government
  • XXVII. State Constitutions
  • The Grant And Limitations Of Power Expressed By The People In The Constitutions Of The States
  • XXVIII. The Suffrage
  • The Significance Of The Nineteenth Amendment To The Constitution
  • A Word To The The Teachers And Others
  • Declaration Of Independence
  • Constitution Of The United States
  • Articles In Addition To, And Amendment Of The Constitution Of The United States Of America, Proposed By Congress, And Ratified By The Legislatures Of The Several States Pursuant To The Fifth Article Of The Original Constitution
  • Footnotes
  • Credits
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