You would think that a book about the US Constitution would not need to be updated on a biweekly basis. The Constitution has been amended only twenty-seven times, and the first ten amendments were added all at once back in 1791. But unlike other books on the subject, Fault Lines in the Constitution focuses on the political fallout in our times from the decisions made in 1787. And things keep falling out.
It turns out that when you connect the dots from a long-established, little-changed document to the repercussions it’s caused, the document can remain static while the repercussions continue to reverberate. And so can a book that addresses both of them.
Cynthia Levinson holds degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and also attended the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. A former teacher and educational policy consultant and researcher, she is the author of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March as well as Watch Out for Flying Kids!. She has also published articles in Appleseeds, Calliope, Cobblestone, Dig, Faces, and Odyssey. You can visit her website here.
Sanford Levinson is an American legal scholar, a professor in the Law School and the Department of Government at the University of Texas, and a frequent visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He holds degrees from Duke, Stanford, and Harvard universities and is the author of several adult books on the Constitution, including Constitutional Faith (1988, 2d ed. 2011); Our Undemocratic Constitution (2006); and Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance (2012); and, most recently, An Argument Open to All: Reading The Federalist in the 21st Century (2015).