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The Story of the US Constitution

  1. Jul 27, 2011 #1

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    I was reading a book and at one time, reading the Story of the Constitution, by Sol Bloom, was required for imigrants seeking citizenship in the US.

    http://www.amazon.com/Story-Constitution-2nd-Sol-Bloom/dp/1930367562

    Questions & Answers Pertaining to the Constitution
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_q_and_a.html
    by Sol Bloom

    See also the Federalist Papers.
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=100828
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
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  3. Jul 31, 2011 #2
    Probably not a bad idea, and not just for new immigrants. I think a lot of people would be surprised about what's in there and what's not in there. It's not that hard to read the document itself. The language is a bit dated, but clear. It's not written in "legalese" and it's not all that long, only about 8 pages in the NY Times Almanac. It might run about about 15-20 pages in larger print, especially if the inoperative parts are included and shown in italics or with a single line through the text (such as the part about slaves counting 3/5 of a person for the census). These parts, of course, have been superseded by amendments.

    An interesting read for the beach on a hot summer day.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  4. Aug 9, 2011 #3
    I think it's a big mistake to cut corners and expect less of people who want to join our melting pot. It's always been a goal of immigrants to assimilate and become an American, learn the language and live the American dream. The fewer common beliefs, knowledge, and interests - the greater the divides. I should probably label this IMO - although supporting might be easy as one only needs to point to the disconnect in Europe.
     
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