Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2 — Basics

  • American Constitutional History in a Nutshell
  • Rights
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
  • The Concept of Federalism
  • Republican versus Democratic Forms of Government
  • The Oath of Office
  • Reading Accuracy

Chapter 3 — Enumerated Powers of Congress

  • General Welfare Clause
  • The Commerce Clause
  • Necessary and Proper Clause
  • Rule of Law or Rule of Man?
  • Federal Criminal Laws
  • Federal Budget

Chapter 4 — Enumerated Powers of the President 

  • Administrative Law
  • Executive Orders
  • Impeachment
  • Treaties

Chapter 5 — Enumerated Powers of the Federal Courts 

  • Due Process Clause
  • Exceptions Clause
  • Jurisdiction Explained

Chapter 6 — Nullification

Chapter 7

  • God, Church, and State
  • Established Religion in England
  • Established Religions in the American Colonies
  • First Amendment Restrictions
  • Bans on the Free Exercise of Religion and Abridgment of Free Speech
  • Redefinition of the Historic Term Establishment of Religion
  • The Wall of Separation Between Church and State

Chapter 8 — Article V: Amendments 167

  • Article V Convention
  • The National Popular Vote versus the 12th and the 17th Amendments
  • The 14th Amendment and Same-sex Marriage
  • Shariʹa Law versus the First Amendment
  • Parental Rights Amendment
  • The Proposed 28th Amendment

References

  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The Constitution of the United States, including Amendments
  3. The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
  4. The Alien and Sedition Acts
  5. George Washington’s Presidential Cabinet
  6. John Cornyn’s Balanced Budget Amendment
  7. Glossary

Acknowledgments