Civics and the Constitution

Civics and the Constitution

An American View of Law, Liberty, & Governmen

by Jake Macaulay, Ricki Pepin
Publisher: Master Books
288 pages
List Price: $36.99 Sale Price: $29.59

Please note that this textbook does NOT stand alone, but is designed to be used with the videos for the course. There is little text; much of the material is in the form of notes, outlines, and questions corresponding to lectures and offering ideas for digging deeper.

Civics is the study of how government works, but this course is so much more than that. To understand how government ought to work, you first have to know the framework and principles of the people who designed and structured it. Then, you must also be aware of your responsibilities as a citizen within it.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. —John Adams

The U.S. Constitution impacts your life and future in ways you probably never imagined. Now delve into the history and everyday applications of the Constitution as you learn how:

  • The three branches of government are meant to interact — and what happens throughout history when checks and balances have been ignored or circumvented
  • You and other citizens can carefully vet candidates that adhere to the Constitution as it was written
  • To work to support legislation that works within constitutional boundaries and not special political party interests

The U.S. Constitution remains one of the most amazing safeguards of liberty ever written, but it only works if “we the people” know not just our rights, but the way the government is designed to work — not for the benefit of an all-powerful federal government or per the whims of a judge or political party — but the actual protections at every level that are designed to keep power in the hands of the population for which it must serve.

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.—Samuel Adams

Table of Contents

  • About This Course/Using the Principle Approach
  • Chapter I: An American View of Law, Liberty and Government
  • Chapter II: America’s Beginnings: Discovery, Purpose & the Founders’ Faith
  • Chapter III: The Philosophical Worldview of the Constitution
  • Chapter IV: 1776 - 1789: From Independence to the Constitution
  • Chapter V: Immigration: From Constitutional Beginnings to Anchor Babies
  • Chapter VI: Overview of the Constitution: Preamble and Article I
  • Chapter VII: Property Ownership Principles: Individual & State Ownership vs. Federal Land Grabs
  • Chapter VIII: Overview of the Constitution: Articles II and III
  • Chapter IX: The Case Against Case Law
  • Chapter X: Overview of the Constitution: Articles IV, V, VI and VII
  • Chapter XI: The Bill of Rights and The First Amendment
  • Chapter XII: Amendments II - X
  • Chapter XIII: Amendments XI - XXVII
  • Chapter XIV: The Crisis of the Constitution: From Biblical Absolutes to Evolutionary Humanistic Relativism
  • Chapter XV: State’s Powers in Our Constitutional Republic
  • Chapter XVI: Proper Education: The Path to America’s Greatness
  • Chapter XVII: President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)
  • Chapter XVIII: Reclaiming the Constitution: How Do We Approach the Restoration of the American Constitutional Republic?
  • Appendices:
    • The Mayflower Compact
    • Declaration of Independence
    • The United States Constitution
    • Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
    • Special Reading: How Tyranny Came to America
    • Special Reading: The Law
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