Interview with Frank Schwartz

Why did you write this book?
Because being an American Citizen requires at least a basic understanding of the Constitution. It is the most important document in our political system and is mentioned constantly by government officials, political candidates and the media.
Why did you choose to e-publish your book?
The main reason I chose to e-publish my book was to hold down the cost to the reader. There is no way I could charge only $4.95 a copy if I had used traditional publishing. Second, because the use of internet search engines has become so prevalent I think an e-published book can generate a much greater audience much faster than a traditionally published book.
Why are you qualified to write such a book?
I received a Ph.D. in American Constitutional Law from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1979 and have been a professor of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History ever since. I also obtained a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1988 and practiced law for 28 years until my retirement in 2013.
Are you currently working on any other books?
Yes, I am working on a book about the impact of Native American political institutions, and the Iroquois League in particular, upon the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. Native Americans had Constitutions more than 300 years before the U.S. Constitution was written. Many Framers of the U.S. Constitution, including Franklin, Jefferson and Madison were familiar with prior Native American Constitutions and were influenced by them.
When do you expect your to publish this book, and will it be an e-book?
I am still in the research stage, so I don't expect to be ready to publish until late 2016. This book too will be e-published.
Published 2015-12-15.
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Books by This Author

A Citizen's Guide to the U.S. Constitution;
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 25,870. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Constitutional law, Nonfiction » History » American
An basic introduction to the essential nature of the U.S. Constitution via an examination of pre-constitutional history and the fundamental principles of Constitutional interpretation by the Supreme Court. Each of the Constitution's key principles and clauses will identified and their meaning discussed in the context of Supreme Court decisions.