A good social studies education is grounded in an understanding of how the Constitution - the blueprint for a democratic society - works. Each volume in this series opens with the text of an amendment accompanied by a student-friendly translation. Chapters then use diverse primary and secondary sources to put the amendment in historical context, examine how it has been tested, and present current controversies and debates.
This title covers the seventeenth amendment, which established election to the U.S. Senate by popular vote and empowered states' executives to fill vacancies with temporary appointments. A variety of sources explore the reasons the amendment was proposed and if it accomplished what was intended; calls to repeal or change it; and contemporary issues such as the seats vacated by the 2008 election and the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.
"This new series from Greenhaven Press provides coverage of key amendments ratified since 1791. Each volume in the series covers a different amendment in depth and uses historical and modern-day primary and secondary sources. This series takes students back to the time the amendments were created and the controversies surrounding their approval."
-- ARBA, March 2009
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