Friday Fast Picks: Know Your Constitution and Supreme Court!

Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan, with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. He immigrated to America and became a citizen, raising his family to appreciate and honor all our nation has to offer. He is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it shines throughout the world. This is a book about why the Constitution matters to you, and us all.

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced–then they offer possible solutions. Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.


Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a modern feminist icon-a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. She blazed trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law, where women had rarely risen before. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. This is how she  evolved, too.

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell
Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.
Unpunished Murder: The Colfax Massacre and the Supreme Court by Lawrence Goldstone
On Easter Sunday of 1873, just eight years after the Civil War ended, a band of white supremacists marched into Grant Parish, Louisiana, and massacred over one hundred unarmed African Americans. The court case that followed would reach the highest court in the land. Yet, following one of the most ghastly and barbaric incidents of mass murder in American history, not a single person was convicted.
From award-winning author Karen Blumenthal, comes a deep and passionate look at the riveting history of the fight for reproductive rights in the United States.
This book decodes the original document with a direct translation of the text, dissecting every word, phrase and idea. Then it connects the document to major historical figures and events using full-color illustrations and examples of how the document works in practice.
In this adaptation for middle graders based on her best selling adult memoir, My Beloved World; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s extraordinary life inspires. Her achievement serves as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.
This book traces the stories of advocates and activists who risked danger and hardship to uphold the 1954 desegregation ruling by the Supreme Court, sharing additional information on how the NAACP strategized its responses to period racism.
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