Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel
Author: Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson; illustrated by Ally Shwed
The latest volume in our World Citizen Comics graphic novel series, Fault Lines in the Constitution teaches readers how this founding document continues to shape modern American society.
In 1787, after 116 days of heated debates and bitter arguments, the United States Constitution was created. This imperfect document set forth America’s guiding principles, but it would also introduce some of today's most contentious political issues—from gerrymandering, to the Electoral College, to presidential impeachment.
With colorful art, compelling discourse, and true stories from America's past and present, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel sheds light on how today's political struggles have their origins in the decisions of our Founding Fathers.
Children’s book author Cynthia Levinson, constitutional law scholar Sanford Levinson, and artist Ally Shwed deftly illustrate how contemporary problems arose from this founding document—and then they offer possible solutions.
This book is part of the World Citizen Comics series, a bold line of civics-focused graphic novels that equip readers to be engaged citizens and informed voters.
In The News
A Junior Library Guild selection
"The Levinsons create an approachable mix of anecdotes, comparisons with governments from around the world, and a fanciful imagining of the Framers frustratedly yelling and throwing their hands in the air. This tone, plus Shwed’s intentionally limited color palette of mostly red, white, blue, black, and gold, calls to mind Schoolhouse Rock animations..."—Booklist
"The book — succinct, powerful, playful, provocative — tracks the evolution of the Constitution." —The Boston Globe
"A provocative illumination of the nooks and crannies of a document that citizens have come to take for granted." —Kirkus Reviews