“[She] prayed to the graven image of Lafayette, since neither the president nor Congress seemed to be listening. 'We, the women of the United States,' she told the bronze Lafayette...

"...'denied the liberty which you helped to gain, and for which we have asked in vain for sixty years, turn to you to plead for us. Speak, Lafayette, dead these hundred years but still living in the hearts of the American people.'"
Sarah Vowell,
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
 

CHQ Assembly Week 8 on Reframing the Constitution

Two-hundred and thirty years after its ratification, the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most difficult to amend of any in the world. During this week we ask if the Constitution is securing the “blessings of liberty” for all Americans and whether constitutional reform — from amendment to outright replacement — is necessary and even possible.

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The U.S. Constitution for Everyone: Features All 27 Amendments Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399513053
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Published: TarcherPerigee - March 21st, 1991

The Cult of the Constitution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781503603226
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Published: Stanford University Press - May 14th, 2019

America's Constitution: A Biography Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812972726
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 12th, 2006

The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780195304435
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 17th, 2005

Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points in History #7) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781684422272
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Published: Wiley - October 1st, 2003

The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment (The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781523085996
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - June 4th, 2019

Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465060900
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Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780871407122
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Published: Liveright - February 27th, 2018

51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780190866044
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 4th, 2018

Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465018536
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Published: Basic Books - January 5th, 2010