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The Short Constitution

Elementary Americanism Series

Being a Consideration of the Constitution of the United States, With Particular Reference to the Guaranties of Life, Liberty, and Property Contained Therein, Sometimes Designated The Bill Of Rights


Martin J. Wade

Judge of the United States District Court


William F. Russell

Dean of the College of Education, University of Iowa

Annotations By

Charles H. Meyerholz

Professor of Social Science, Iowa State Teachers College

Third and Revised Edition

American Citizen Publishing Co.

Iowa City

Copyright, 1920, 1921


About The Authors Preface I. The Judge's First Talk II. Government III. Liberty IV. America A Democracy V. America A Republic VI. Law VII. The Constitution VIII. Making The Constitution IX. Freedom X. Military Provisions XI. Search Warrant And Indictment XII. Rights Of Accused XIII. Life, Liberty, And Property XIV. Criminal Trials XV. The Indictment XVI. Guarding Rights In Court XVII. Punishment XVIII. Equal Rights Of Citizens XIX. Writ Of Habeas Corpus XX. Other Prohibited Laws XXI. Titles, Gifts, Treason XXII. Jury, Except In Impeachment XXIII. Wrongs Under King George XXIV. Shall Any Part Be Repealed XXV. Amending The Constitution XXVI. Machinery Of The Government XXVII. State Constitutions XXVIII. The Suffrage 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

What Has America Done For Me And For My Children?

This question may not be spoken, but it is in the hearts of millions of Americans to day.

All those who attempt to teach Americanism to foreigners, and to Americans , must be prepared to answer this question . It can only be answered by teaching the individual guaranties of the Constitution of the United States, and of the States, which protect life and liberty and property.

It can only be answered by convincing the people that this is a land of justice and of opportunity for all; that if there be abuses, they are due not to our form of government, but that the people are themselves to blame, because of their ignorance of their rights, their failure to realize their power, and their neglect of those duties which citizenship imposes.

All over the land earnest men and women are endeavoring to teach the great truths of Americanism, and with substantial success; but those who understand human nature realize that the faith of our fathers can only be firmly established by lighting the fires of patriotism and loyalty in the hearts of our children. Through them the great truths of our National life can be brought into the homes of the land.

And the Nation will never be safe until the Constitution is carried into the homes, until at every fireside young and old shall feel a new sense of security in the guaranties which are found in this great charter of human liberty, and a new feeling of gratitude for the blessings which it assures to this, and to all future generations.


For a work designed to promote education in the spirit of American citizenship it would be difficult to imagine a more competent authorship than that which has been provided for "The Short Constitution". Either of the writers alone would have produced a book of high standing in this field; the collaboration of the two makes it a remarkable production in its adaptation to the subject for home reading, the study club, and the school curriculum... Continue reading book >>

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