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The Constitution of the United States is one of the most important documents ever written, but it is not just of historical interest. Over two centuries after its adoption, the Constitution continues to influence the lives of everyone in the United States. Many of the most divisive social issues, from abortion to free speech, have been and are being resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court through interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

Yet much of what has been written about these Supreme Court decisions and the Constitution itself has served only to confuse people who would like to understand exactly what the Court has ruled and exactly what the Constitution means. So much of the discussion revolves around what the Constitution should mean that what the Constitution actually does mean is obscured.

The Exploring the Constitution Series provides a basic introduction to important areas of constitutional law. While the books in this series are appropriate for a general audience, every effort has been made to ensure that they are especially accessible to high school and college students.

Each volume contains a general introduction to a particular constitutional issue combined with excerpts from significant Supreme Court decisions in that area. The text of the Constitution, a chronological listinq of the Supreme Court justices, and a glossary of legal terms are included in each volume. Every effort has been made to provide an objective analysis of the Court's interpretation of constitutional issues with an emphasis of how that interpretation has evolved over time.

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