Education and Literacy
Mamie Eisenhower Library Project
MELP Book of the Week
A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States:
Containing a Brief Commentary on Every Clause, Explaining the True Nature, Reasons, and Objects Thereof ; Designed for the Use of School Libraries and General Readers.
by Joseph Story
In acknowledgement of Constitution Day on September 17, the NFRW Literacy Committee has selected this reprint as the MELP Book of the Week.
Originally published by New York Harper & Brothers in 1865, this is an important treatise on the Constitution of the United States by an early master of that document. Designed to follow the order of his well-known Commentaries of the Constitution, this work is written in language geared to the student or layman. A perfect addition to a high school or college library.
We invite you to read, discuss, and share.
MELP Recommended Book List, Addendum I [PDF, 3 pages]
MELP Recommended Book List: "Only the Educated are Free" [PDF, 11 pages]
The Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP) is the NFRW’s oldest program, celebrating more than 45 years of book donations from an approved list to schools and libraries.
Duties of the MELP Chairman [PDF, 1 page]
Bookplates are mailed to clubs upon receipt of the list of books to be donated. This enables the Literacy Committee to track the numbers and names of books being donated by Republican women across the country.
To request bookplates, clubs should send a list of the books they are donating to Literacy Committee member Cathy Percefull. Include the club name, the title and author of each book, and the address to which the bookplates should be sent. Bookplates will be mailed in return.
The Literacy Committee will provide the state presidents with a list of participating clubs and the number of books they donate each year.
Send bookplate requests to:
Additions to the MELP Recommended Book List are made periodically, and the committee encourages recommendations from members.
Send MELP recommendations to: