In Defense of Liberty by Russell Freedman
The Story of America's Bill of Rights (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

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When the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution, they knew it was not perfect. They were concerned their government might be too powerful and not respect the rights of its citizens. So at the first session of the United States Congress in 1789, they voted on a set of ten amendments, aimed to preserve and protect the rights and liberties of all citizens. These ten amendments comprise the Bill of Rights. As our country has grown, American citizens have continued to rely on this landmark document as a means to defend the liberties of all, across boundaries of race and gender, age and class, religion and ethics. Focusing on examples of ordinary citizens who have had the courage to challenge their government and raise their voices at injustice, Russell Freedman's compelling text is essential reading for every American.

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Russell Freedman grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is most notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to children's literature. He currently lives in New York City. He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals.
Published July 1, 2003 by Holiday House. 196 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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He devotes a chapter to each of the Ten Amendments and Supreme Court cases testing the laws, and an additional chapter explores how the 14th Amendment guarantees “equal protection of the laws” and defines national citizenship.

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From battles over the separation of church and state to stormy debates over gun control and the right to bear arms, the book demonstrates how the groundbreaking document led to advances in human rights, even as it continues to be a magnet for controversy.

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