The nation’s founding document, as imagined by the midcentury American imagination.
In 1952, Stanford University Press published a guide for young American readers to aid them in their understanding of the United States Constitution. Now in reissue over 60 years later, the book not only serves its original purpose, as a concise resource on the history and purpose of the nation’s founding document, but it also offers a window into the patriotic imagination of the midcentury—a time characterized by communist fear-mongering and a prevailing sentiment of national exceptionalism (a retro 50s ethos, if you will).
Illustrated with equally retro 50s-style line drawings, the book considers each part of the Constitution in turn, elucidating passages and considering the Framers’ intent. To celebrate Constitution Day, we’ve excerpted a portion from Your Rugged Constitution below so that you (yes, you, fellow American!) can brush up on the nation’s famous Preamble.
The following is an excerpt from Your Rugged Constitution: