Cover of Your Rugged Constitution by Bruce Allyn and Ester Blair Findlay
Your Rugged Constitution
Bruce Allyn and Ester Blair Findlay


296 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780804793568

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When Your Rugged Constitution was first published, Harry S Truman was President. It quickly became a go-to resource for generations of young Americans (and some older ones too) who wanted to understand the guiding principles of our nation. Now in reissue, this truly rugged and much-admired classic is sure to inform, and also delight readers with its retro 1950s ethos. Your Rugged Constitution proceeds through the text of the Constitution with descriptions that are put in clear, easy-to-understand language, accompanied by commentary and lively drawings so you can easily grasp all the ideas and concepts. Under each section and clause, you (yes, you, fellow American!) learn which powers you give to the federal government, and what you get in return. Your Rugged Constitution helps readers understand that the Constitution is no mere historical document, but an important contract between you and your government.

About the authors

Bruce Allyn Findlay was Associate Superintendent of the Los Angeles City Schools and author of Guaranteed for Life: Your Rights under the United States Constitution.

Ester Blair Findlay was a teacher of English and social studies.

"First published in 1950 and last revised in 1969, if offers a thoroughly irresistible introduction to the United States constitution . . . The republication of Your Rugged Constitution presents an opportunity for current generations to familiarize themselves with our nation's founding document in a clear and engaging fashion . . . This is a welcoming, accessible, and, at times, profound book . . . Your Rugged Constitution is a valuable guide to the brilliance and complexity of our constitutional design."

—Tara Helfman, The Weekly Standard

". . . a real contribution to the current discussion of national life."

—Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States

"Make[s] easy . . . grasp of the essential features of our Constitution."

—Chester William Nimitz, Fleet Admiral and Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet during WWII

"No comparable book to aid teacher, parent, or librarian in explaining our blueprint of freedom."

—Ralph Adams Brown, The New York Times