Resources

I will start with resources I personally use or have experienced.  NOTE:  I am not getting any credit, referral value or fee from any of these links.

  • Uncle Albert book series by Richard Maybury
    • Especially “Whatever happened to penny candy?” and “Whatever happened to justice?”
    • These books are written as if by an uncle to his 8-year-old nephew.  This makes them great primers.
    • I deeply respect the Richar Maybury’s ability to boil down complicated and difficult concepts and issues into their core principles.
  • Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right by Ray Raphael
    • I was inclined to disagree with a number of the premises in this book before reading it.
    • The more I read, the more I came to agree with quite a number of the author’s core points, even if I didn’t always agree with his politics.
    • Basically TLDR, anybody who claims that the founders had, with each other, the same vision for our government or constitution is sadly out of touch with the reality of history.  Be suspicious of any statement that starts with “The founders believed…”, or the “the original intent was…”
    • Quoting one reviewer from amazon
      • “He pokes at the METHOD of deducing constitutional direction not necessarily conclusions, or your favorite beliefs. What he has to say is, in-short, that the 55 delegates to the “Federal Convention of 1787” went in in May and came out in September (earlier for some) with 55 separate opinions of what was agreed in those intervening months. Raphael cautions throughout to be careful (suspicious?) of “guiding” quotations from the Framers… almost always misquoted, or misused by those espousing their own agenda. The reason – because the framers, compromised, politicized and evolved their thoughts during and even well after the Convention.”

 

I will add other resources that I have heard good things about, but don’t have a lot of experience with.