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The United States Constitution
[b. 1787 - d. 2010]

The Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment began with existentialism and Objectivism (Ayn Rand) but soon moved into economics and to politics. The U.S. Constitution was created in 1787 and ratified in 1788, and cancelled by the U.S. Supreme Court on 21 January 2010 – the United States is today a fascist country, and the activist push by this Working Minds website is largely about restoring constitutional rule in America.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

U.S Constitution poster  
U.S Constitution - 17 September 1787
24"x36" poster from Amazon for $28.95
18"x24" parchment poster from Amazon for $14.95
Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution texts   pocket-sized versions of the Founding Documents
Declaration & Constitution, Introduction by Pauline Maier
Kindle Edition from Bantam Classics [4/2008] for $3.99
Bantam Classics mass pb [7/98] for $3.99
Articles of Confederation, Declaration & Constitution
Kindle Edition from White Dog Publng [5/2010] for 99˘ {sic}
Textbook Classics 8½x5½ pb [6/2012] for $6.25
Declaration & Constitution
National Center for Constitutional Studies pb [2005] for $1.50 {sic}
Cato Institute 9x6 pb [3/2006] for $3.99

"The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals . . . it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals,
only the conduct of the government . . . it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government."
Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand [1905-82]

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Books About The U.S. Constitution

Original Meanings / Making of the Constitution  "Original Meanings: Politics & Ideas In The Making of The
Constitution" [1996] by Jack N. Rakove

book won the Pulitzer Prize for History
Kindle Edition from Knopf Group E-Books [4/2010] for $13.99
Vintage 8x5 pb [5/97] for $12.13
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [3/96] out of print/many used
America's Constitution  "America's Constitution: A Biography" [2005]
by Akhil Reed Amar

Random House hardcover [9/2005] for $19.77
author's homepage at Yale
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution propaganda by dunderhead Kevin R.C. Gutzman  "The Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution" [6/2007]
by Kevin R.C. Gutzman, PhD

More accurate title for this Regnery series is 'Incorrect Guide'; contains right-wing propaganda with no relation to reality – you should not buy or read this garbage.
Conservative Assault on the Constitution book by Erwin Chemerinsky  "The Conservative Assault On The Constitution" [2010]
by Erwin Chemerinsky

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [9/2010] for $10.38
Simon & Schuster 8½x5¾ pb [10/2011] for $14.57
Simon & Schuster 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2010] for $19.71
the New Politics of Extremism book by Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein  "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism" New York Times bestseller [rev 2013]
by Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein

paperback & Kindle have a new Foreword and Afterword by the authors
Kindle Edition from Basic Books [9/2013] for $10.49
Basic Books 8x5½ pb [9/2013] for $12.35
Basic Books 8¼x5¾ hardcover [5/2012] for $19.81
Grouchy Historian book by Ed Asner & Ed Weinberger  
"The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against  10/2017
Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs" [2017] by Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger

Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [10/2017] for $13.99
Simon & Schuster 9x6 hardcover [10/2017] for $14.73
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Constitutional Principles

Separation of Church & State  "The Separation of Church and State: Writings On A Fundamental Freedom By America's Founders" [2004] Edited by Forrest Church
Beacon Press 7¼x4½ hardcover [8/2004] for $10.88
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt book edited by Larry King  "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" [2006] Edited by Larry King
The title phrase is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution and nowhere defined in our laws; in this book, over 80 influential scholars, attorneys, novelists, journalists, and religious figures discuss, explore, interpret, and define the phrase and its meaning.
Phoenix Books 9x6¼ hardcover [11/2006] for $20.40
Power of Habeas Corpus in America book by Anthony Gregory  "The Power of Habeas Corpus In America: From The King's Prerogative To The War On Terror" [2013] by Anthony Gregory
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [4/2013] for $81.19
Impeachment Citizen’s Guide book by Cass R. Sunstein  "Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide" [2017] by Cass R. Sunstein
“Sunstein has written the story of impeachment [that] every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.” — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin
Kindle Edition from Harvard Univ Press [10/2017] for $5.25
Harvard Univ Press mass pb [10/2017] for $5.53

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The U.S. Bill of Rights

"Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today?
It wouldn't even get out of committee." — attorney F. Lee Bailey, in 2010

"You will note that the Bill of Rights is now apparently a Bill of Concerns."
— Charles Pierce, in Esquire Magazine, February 2014

First Amendment to The U.S. Constitution Page

Second Amendment to The U.S. Constitution Page

Third Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Fourth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

"More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century" [8/2012] by Stephen J. Schulhofer

Fifth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Maryland law school guest lecture on using the Fifth Amendment: "Don't Talk To Police"
watch 6/2008 2-speaker lecture [48:39] online at YouTube

"Origins of The Fifth Amendment" [1969] by Leonard W. Levy

Sixth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Seventh Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Eighth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Ninth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution

Tenth Amendment to The U.S. Constitution +

Bill of Rights User's Guide  "The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide" [1991]
by Linda R. Monk

Close Up Publng pb 4th edition [2/2004] out of print/used
author's website
Bill of Rights  "The Bill of Rights: Creation & Reconstruction" [1998]
by Akhil Reed Amar

Yale Univ Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/2000] for $12.89
Yale Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [8/98] for $49.49
author's homepage at Yale
Origins of The Bill of Rights  "Origins of The Bill of Rights" [1999]
by {Pulitzer Prize-winner} Leonard W. Levy

Yale Univ Press 7¾x5 pb [3/2001] for $11.96
Yale Univ Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [7/99] for $48.00
Hentoff / Bill of Rights  "The War On The Bill of Rights and The Gathering Resistance" [2003]
by Nat Hentoff

Seven Stories Press 8¼x5½ pb [10/2004] for $11.16
Seven Stories Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2003] for $12.60
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13th Amendment to The U.S. Constitution
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America, was declared to be in effect on 18 December 1865.

13th (amendment) TV docufilm  "13th: From Slave To Criminal With One Amendment" [Netflix Oct 2016]
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States that reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Ava DuVernay; co-produced & co-written by Spencer Averick; featuring Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Jelani Cobb, Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, Marie Gottschalk, John Hagan, Michael Hough, Van Jones, David Keene, James Kilgore, Bryan Stevenson, Nicholas Turner, and archive footage of Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dan Rather & Harry Reasoner
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 9/2016 official trailer [2:19] online at YouTube
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14th Amendment to The U.S. Constitution
The 14th Amendment, guaranteeing due process of law, was declared to be in effect 28 July 1868.

16th Amendment to The U.S. Constitution
The 16th Amendment, allowing a federal income tax, was passed by Congress on 12 July 1909 and submitted to the
state legislatures; it was declared ratified on 25 February 1913 and the Revenue Act of 1913 was enacted shortly thereafter .

19th Amendment to The U.S. Constitution
1920 Aug 18: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right of all American women to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote for women in the U.S.A., was declared to be in effect 26 August 1920.
Women's Equality Day on August 26th [est. 1971] celebrates the 19th Amendment and promotes a new Equal Rights Amendment.

New Constitutional Amendment on Corporations
'Reverse Citizens United' Constitutional Amendment

New Constitutional Amendment on Voting Rights

New Constitutional Amendment on Marriage Rights

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National Constitution Center [opened 4 July 2003] in Philadelphia, PA

Constitutional Law catalog at Amazon

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There are no guarantees in this existential Universe. Likewise, in Nature there is no punishment, only consequences.
Delve into any of the line items above and that self-education will deliver to you an advantage over your fellows,
who are blind sheeple complaining that the Universe makes no sense.

[copyright 2012-2015 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

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