Adventure Tales of America - Illustrated U.S. History Books
by Jody Potts, Ph.D.
Signal Media Publishers

Adventure Tales of the Constitution of the United States

Table of Contents


  1. To Form a More Perfect Union
  2. American History Timeline
  3. Colonization: An Overview
  4. Events Leading to the Constitutional Convention
  5. The Big Question: Who Will Be In Charge?

Part One: The Confederation Period, 1781-88

  1. Articles of Confederation: 13 Sovereign States
  2. Democratic Achievements of the Confederation
  3. Problems of the Confederation
  4. And More Problems
  5. Three Friends: A Meeting of Nationalist Minds
  6. A Bold Proposal

Part Two: The Constitutional Convention, 1787

  1. A Convention Overview
  2. James Madison: Father of the U.S. Constitution, 1751-1826
  3. The Delegates Gather: A Reunion of Adventurers, May 14-25
  4. The Convention Begins, May 25, 1787
  5. Rules of Procedure
  6. Three Competing Plans
  7. Compromise, Compromise, Compromise
  8. More Compromises
  9. Three Important Questions
  10. The Final Days
  11. The Signing
  12. Miracle at Philadelphia: A Federal Republic
  13. Ratifying the Constitution: September 1787 - June 1788
  14. The National Government of the United States of America
  15. The Three Branches of Government
  16. The Federal System: Division of Powers
  17. Amending the Constitution
  18. The Bill of Rights: 1st Amendment
  19. The Bill of Rights: 2nd - 10th Amendments
  20. How a Bill Becomes a Law

Part Three: Key Documents

  1. The Declaration of Independence
  2. The Constitution of the United States of America
  3. Anti-Federalist and Federalist Writings

Part Four: Landmark Supreme Court Decisions

  1. John Marshall and Judicial Review
  2. Marbury v. Madison, 1803: Judicial Review
  3. McCullock v. Maryland, 1819: Implied Powers
  4. Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824: Commerce Clause

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