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ERIC Number: ED477293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-889483-77-X
Knowing It by Heart: Americans Consider the Constitution and Its Meaning. A Report by Public Agenda for the National Constitution Center.
Farkas, Steve; Johnson, Jean; Duffett, Ann
A study conducted by Public Agenda Foundation, in partnership with the National Constitution Center, examined what typical adults know and believe about the U.S. Constitution, probed what they understand their rights and civic responsibilities to be, and reported their views on the document's importance and relevance in their lives today. The centerpiece of the study was a national telephone survey conducted in July 2002 among a random sample of adults (n=1520). The survey was preceded by six focus groups conducted in sites across the country as well as 18 in-depth interviews with legal scholars and others who are engaged in constitutional issues. The survey was commissioned before, but conducted after, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Findings suggest there is fertile ground for nurturing serious education on the Constitution. This report is divided into eight sections: (10 "Introduction"; (2) "Finding One: A Measured Pride"; (3) "Finding Two: It Goes without Saying;" (4) "Finding Three: The Balancing Act"; (5) "Finding Four: Protecting Our Rights in Perilous Times"; (6) "Finding Five: Other Threats to Freedom"; (7) "Finding Six: The Responsibilities of Citizenship"; and (8) "Afterword" (Deborah Wadsworth). Includes 34 endnotes. Also contains information on methodology, survey results, and lists related publications. (BT)
Public Agenda Foundation, 6 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016-0112 ($10). Tel: 212-686-6610; Fax: 212-889-3461; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution