Fault Lines in the Constitution:
The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today
by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson
The title; Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today makes it clear that the Levinsons' intent goes far beyond a historical account or a surface examination of this document. They want to talk issues, debate the far-reaching effects of the United States Constitution, and consider implications for the future.
Grounded in historical research, chapters consider: creation of law, voter representation and voters' rights, executive branch of the government, and extenuating circumstances. Topics are ripe for further debate and the authors provide plenty of fodder for continuing the discussion. The concluding chapter titled Now What? offers suggestions for updating/improving the constitution. Each of these topics can serve as the basis for thoughtful consideration. The authors take the unique opportunity to conclude with a dialog, each presenting her/his own views on this compelling debate. Readers are left to weigh the opinions of the authors, form their own conclusions, and then to become consciously involved.
Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson, husband and wife team have penned a highly readable consideration of some fascinating details about our constitution. They bring those musty dusty Civics 101 lessons into the real and challenging world of young people today and invite them to become active participants.