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Jul 23, 2020

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 Novel by author Cynthia 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 civics. 
 
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 IllustratedThe 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 Census
  • The Electoral College
  • Presidential Impeachment
  • The DREAM Act
  • Confirming Supreme Court Justices
  • Presidential Pardons 
  • 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.