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I've been teaching this stuff for 30 years at the college level, so I suppose I could be easily bored or unimpressed. The task of these authors mirrors what I do teaching; putting complicated material in straightforward (as possible) forms, for regular non-expert people to understand. I WAS impressed here. There is good, careful, levelheaded scholarship behind this, and also, plenty fresh for my consideration. I think putting this material in plain (as possible) English is a great public service. I consider my own similar job to be vital and important, and I make great effort to link it for my students to everyday life. All this is done, and done well, here. This is a fine antidote too, to the predigested partisan rants we hear imbedded in a lot of today's "news." If we do not understand these documents and this history, we are at the mercy of whatever "expert" may purport to edit and cherry-pick this material. That weakens all of us, individually and collectively. I find this presentation does not try to shove me around toward conclusions, but supports my own critical thinking, whatever preexisting notions I may have brought with me. It helps me to recognize those parts of the Bill of Rights where my own background was weaker, and based on dubious sources or assumptions. This is a great bargain for what it brings within our reach.
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