A graphic novel adaptation has just been published of
Fault Lines in the Constitution This important work by Sandford
and Cynthia Levinson is disccussed here for @KGNU with
@ClaudiaCragg in view of the fact that, now, each day seems to
bring another Constitutional crisis in the US.
With so many contentious issues seemingly shaking the very
foundation of its Democracy today, many citizens are asking, "How
did we get here?"
Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic
Levinson and constitutional law scholar Sanford
Levinson and illustrated by Ally
Shwed, selects current problems and ties them directly to
the Constitution and the Founding Fathers' thoughts and challenges.
The book also offers alternative ideas pulled directly from
other countries' governments. The medium of
graphic novel brings these ideas to life and
makes this book a fun, digestible lesson in history and
The idea of using graphic novel to convey important but
somewhat dense information to engaged readers is a
growing trend. Titles such as Influencing
Machine by Brooke Gladstone, The Mueller Report
Illustrated, The 9/11 Report, and The
Warren Commission Report are all examples of books aimed
to inform and educate citizens in a way that is easier to absorb.
Topics covered are:-
Scheduling the Federal Election
Gerrymandering and Voting Rights
The DREAM Act
Confirming Supreme Court Justices
Why they decided to publish a graphic novel and more. .
With colorful art, compelling discourse, and true stories from
the United States' past and present, Fault Lines
in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel (First Second;
September 22, 2020; Adult Graphic Novel; Hardcover; $28.99;
ISBN: 978-1250211613) sheds
light on how today's political struggles have their origins in the
decisions of our Founding Fathers.
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