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The United States Constitution

A Graphic Adaptation


Written by Jonathan Hennessey
Art by Aaron McConnell

Our leaders swear to uphold it, our military to defend it. It is the blueprint for the shape and function of government itself and what defines Americans as Americans. But how many of us truly know our Constitution?

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land.

What revolutionary ideas made the Constitution’s authors dare to cast off centuries of rule by kings and queens? Why do we have an electoral college rather than a popular vote for president and vice president? How did a document that once sanctioned slavery, denied voting rights to women, and turned a blind eye to state governments running roughshod over the liberties of minorities transform into a bulwark of protection for all?

The United States Constitution answers all of these questions. Sure to surprise, challenge, and provoke, it is hands down the most memorable introduction to America’s founding document.

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Related Links:

• Author bio: Jonathan Hennessey: click here
• Artist bio: Aaron McConnell: click here
• Critical praise for The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptationclick here
• Video: The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation trailer: click here
• Video: Aaron McConnell on the artwork of The United States Constitution: click here

Quick Links:

Constitution of the United States
Summer Reading Program
2011-2012 Common Experience theme: "Freedoms: The First Amendment"
Overview of the Common Experience at Texas State


Book cover: The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation