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You will become a responsible participant in American democracy. You, too, will cherish the freedoms that other Americans hold so dear. The Twenty-Sixth Amendment lowered the voting age to 18, so your time to become a voter is coming faster than you think! The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor represents the freedom of Americans to people around the world. S. S. S. S. government; this branch is made up of Congress ratified (RAT-uh-fahyd) approved or formally accepted 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY For More Information Books DeVito, Anne.

Nardo, Don. Opposing Viewpoints in World Histor y: The Creation of the United States Constitution. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2004. , editor. Turning Points in World Histor y: The Creation of the United States Constitution. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Jordan, Terr y L. The United States Constitution and Fascinating Facts about It. Naper ville, IL: Oak Hill Publishing, 1999. org. The United States Constitution: What It Says/What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

She now lives in Venice, California, with her husband, a painter and dentist, and a fluffy orange cat named Stinky. S. Constitution specifies the rights of all citizens. The government and its leaders must protect those basic rights. Look inside to learn more about the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights and what we have done to guarantee them. The Citizens and Their Governments series introduces readers to the rights and responsibilities of citizens for the 21st century. Other titles in the series include: • • • • Beyond Government Democracy at Work Electing Leaders Government at Work • • • Law and Order Local Action Voting To guide your reading, look for these notes that will help build the understanding and skills you’ll need in the 21st Century.

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