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SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

What the Constitution Means to Me Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of What the Constitution Means to Me, playing at Seattle Rep September 30 - October 23, 2022.

 

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What the Constitution Means to Me
by Schreck, Heidi
Book - 2020

The script of What the Constitution Means to Me, for your reading pleasure.

 

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The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections From the Federalist Papers
by Beeman, Richard R.
Book - 2010

Renowned constitutional scholar Beeman presents the full text of Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, along with historical context about their creation and excerpts from The Federalist Papers.

 

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Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
by Bernard, Emily
Book - 2019

Bernard’s essays delve into the experiences and stories from three generations of women in her family, examining the interactions between personal histories and racism in America.

 

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The Constitution of the United States
Web Resource
Get your very own copy of the Constitution with this downloadable PDF version provided by the National Constitution Center, a nonprofit organization located in Philadelphia near the site of the original Constitutional Convention.

 

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Constitution USA With Peter Sagal
Streaming Video - 2013

NPR’s Peter Sagal takes a cross-country motorcycle trip to find out how the U.S. Constitution figures in the everyday lives of Americans from many different backgrounds.

 

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That's Debatable
by Doll, Jen
Book - 2022

Like playwright Schreck, this novel’s protagonist Millicent Chalmers is determined to win a series of debates for scholarships to pay for college. A new challenger and the sometimes toxic environment of debate threaten Millicent’s goals.

 

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The Great Debaters
DVD - 2008

In 1935, Wiley College’s African American debate team competed for the national championship, at a time when Black people were blocked from full membership in the national debate society. Based on a true story.

 

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Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast Recording
by Miranda, Lin-Manuel
Music CD - 2015

Listen closely to the lyrics of “Non-Stop” from this blockbuster hit musical and you’ll learn more about key role founding father Alexander Hamilton played in the creation of the Constitution.

 

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Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment
by Kelly, Kate
Book - 2022

Inside the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and enshrine gender equality in the U.S. Constitution, Kelly profiles twelve people who have fought for greater rights and representation in our founding document.

 

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The People's Constitution: 200 Years, 27 Amendments, and the Promise of A More Perfect Union
by Kowal, John F.
Book - 2021

Legal scholars Kowal and Codrington demonstrate how the Constitution became more democratic and inclusive through the 27 amendments adopted over the course of decades following its creation in 1787.

 

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Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution
by Mystal, Elie
Book - 2022

A lawyer and contributor to The Nation, Mystal presents a compelling and entertaining counterpoint to conservative interpretations of this founding document.

 

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The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America's Story
by Roosevelt, Kermit
Book - 2022

Examining the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Roosevelt argues that Americans today are more properly the heirs of post-Civil War political rhetoric than of founding documents that exclude much of the population.

 

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Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard
by Seo, Bo
Book - 2022

Seo, a first generation Korean Australian, recounts his experiences with debate alongside the stories of other successful debaters, breaking down how the skills involved in debate can enrich our careers and lives.

 

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What the Constitution Means to Me runs at Seattle Rep from September 30 - October 23, 2022.

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