The United States Constitution
Pull this book from your box and watch a smile cross your teen’s face. He knows he needs to study the US Constitution, he just never expected to enjoy it! The writer of The United States Constitution - A Graphic Adaptation undertakes the daunting task of going through the entire Constitution, article by article, amendment by amendment, explaining the meaning and implications of each - in teen-friendly graphic format. A fine introduction to U.S. legal history, The United States Constitution - A Graphic Adaptation explores the historical context in which various elements of the Constitution originated, including the dark side of constitutional history. Controversies are put in historical context and nearly every major case that the Supreme Court has ruled on - including cases where it has reversed itself - is explored, even cases that are less popular in Christian circles. Though the text of the Constitution itself is only partly quoted, the substance and explanations remain true to the text. With so many loved ones, past, present and future asked to defend this historically resilient document, fully understanding the US Constitution is imperative for all of us.
Note: The United States Constitution – A Graphic Adaptation discusses even the most controversial of amendments and Supreme Court decisions, including, among others, Roe vs. Wade. While it states that others disagree with the Court’s decision and presents the issue in a respectful manner, it represents without criticism the current U.S. Constitution. Because of this, please discuss with your teen the statements and assumptions of the book, as well as your teen’s and your own worldviews.
Also, The United States Constitution – A Graphic Adaptation pulls examples from real life to illustrate the principles of the Constitution, so a wide range of topics – polygamy, marijuana, rape, racism, and so on – make passing, cameo appearances. Although this book wouldn’t be appropriate for very young readers, we feel that most high school students will be ready to benefit from it, provided you discuss and reason through the issues together.
If you would like to look at the especially concerning pages before handing the book off to your child, here are the page numbers you will want to look at and why:
Pages 9-10 delve into worldview questions of God’s preordaining.
Page 38 references evolution.
Page 116 discusses birth control, Planned Parenthood, abortion, and homosexuality.
Art By: Aaron McConnell
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Awards and Endorsements:
YALSA 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
This is a great addition to any American history textbook. It’s presented in an easy to understand way that appeals to most teenagers! Not easy to do when it comes to history!
This has been one of the best ways to help my kids understand our constitution.
Thank you for having such a great resource available to us!!
They love it!