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In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it. We all know this much: the Constitution is neither immutable nor perfect. Amar shows us how the story of this one relatively compact document reflects the story of America more generally. (For example, much of the Constitution, including the glorious-sounding “We the People,” was lifted from existing American legal texts, including early state constitutions.) In short, the Constitution was as much a product of its environment as it was a product of its individual creators’ inspired genius. Despite the Constitution’s flaws, its role in guiding our republic has been nothing short of amazing. Skillfully placing the document in the context of late-eighteenth-century American politics, America’s Constitution explains, for instance, whether there is anything in the Constitution that is unamendable; the reason America adopted an electoral college; why a president must be at least thirty-five years old; and why–for now, at least–only those citizens who were born under the American flag can become president. From his unique perspective, Amar also gives us unconventional wisdom about the Constitution and its significance throughout the nation’s history. For one thing, we see that the Constitution has been far more democratic than is conventionally understood. Even though the document was drafted by white landholders, a remarkably large number of citizens (by the standards of 1787) were allowed to vote up or down on it, and the document’s later amendments eventually extended the vote to virtually all Americans. We also learn that the Founders’ Constitution was far more slavocratic than many would acknowledge: the “three fifths” clause gave the South extra political clout for every slave it owned or acquired. As a result, slaveholding Virginians held the presidency all but four of the Republic’s first thirty-six years, and proslavery forces eventually came to dominate much of the federal government prior to Lincoln’s election. Ambitious, even-handed, eminently accessible, and often surprising, America’s Constitution is an indispensable work, bound to become a standard reference for any student of history and all citizens of the United States.

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Genre : History
Author : Akhil Reed Amar
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2012-02-29
File : 672 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781588364876

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Texas has created more constitutional law than any other state. In any classroom nationwide, any basic constitutional law course can be taught using nothing but Texas cases. That, however, understates the history and politics behind the cases. Beyond representing all doctrinal areas of constitutional law, Texas cases deal with the major issues of the nation. Leading legal scholar and Supreme Court historian Lucas A. Powe, Jr. charts the rich and pervasive development of Texas-inspired constitutional law. From voting rights to railroad regulations, or school finance to capital punishment, or poverty to civil liberties, this wide-ranging and eminently readable book provides a window into the relationship between constitutional litigation and ordinary politics at the Supreme Court, illuminating how all of the fiercest national divides over what the Constitution means took shape in Texas.

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Genre : Law
Author : Lucas A. Powe
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 2018-04-27
File : 272 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780520297807

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This highly controversial book is going to change the political and cultural direction and scene of America in the 21st Century. It will do this by providing America’s Compatriots the tools they’ve been searching for to stop America’s Government, Supreme Court Judges, and Politicians from continuing to push this great Republic into the Abyss of a Borderless and lawless nation. By analyzing key words and the US Constitution, this book shows America’s Compatriots how to stop their Government from wresting power from the Republic (a Government who continues to misinterpret and misread key parts of the Constitution). And, unfortunately for the Republic, these misinterpretations are allowing Mexico’s (and other foreign nation’s) criminal citizens and colonizers to invade and occupy US sovereign soil, destroy America’s Western Christian Culture via “cultural genocide,” and allowing their American born (“not-legal”) children to claim unlawful citizenship. Unfortunately for Mexico’s colonizing invaders and these children, this book proves these lawless colonizers’ invasion, is not, any kind of immigration, so politicians are breaking Federal law to protect them. Chapter 1: This book tells readers why this book was written; Chapters 2 through 4 are this book’s heart. It introduces readers to key literary facts, definitions, and analysis of the Constitution, and key sections that prove America’s Government and politicians have betrayed the Republic’s Citizens. Finally, Chapter 5, and the 3 Appendixes sum up and complete the research. We feel, with these facts, Americans should be ready to save the Country that our Constitution’s drafters wrote was blessed and “ordained” by “God.” We hope they will be ready to fight these rogue politicians and judges, and to stop the “cultural genocide” of America’s Western Christian culture, English language, and US sovereignty.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Reg. B. Two Stones
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2014-03-20
File : 468 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781491850459

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Explores the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many external factors that shape the interpretations of this foundational document.

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Genre : Law
Author : Akhil Reed Amar
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2012-09-11
File : 640 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780465033096

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What is the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court really allowed to do? This unique and handy guide includes the documents that guide our government, annotated with accessible explanations from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars. In one portable volume, with accessible annotations and modernizing commentary throughout, Richard Beeman presents The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Beeman has created a fascinating apparatus for understanding the most important document in American history—and why it’s as central in the America of today as it was in creation of the country. Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues. Whether readers are encountering these classic writings for the first time, or brushing up in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, these slim volumes will serve as a powerful and illuminating resource for scholars, students, and civic-minded citizens.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Richard Beeman
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2012-08-28
File : 176 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781101603680

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What would Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Truman, and Eisenhower have done about today’s federal debt crisis? America’s Fiscal Constitution tells the remarkable story of fiscal heroes who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt, limits that for two centuries were part of an unwritten constitution. Those national leaders borrowed only for extraordinary purposes and relied on well-defined budget practices to balance federal spending and revenues. That traditional fiscal constitution collapsed in 2001. Afterward—for the first time in history—federal elected officials cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, grew dependent on foreign creditors, and claimed that the economy could not thrive without routine federal borrowing. For most of the nation’s history, conservatives fought to restrain the growth of government by insisting that new programs be paid for with taxation, while progressives sought to preserve opportunities for people on the way up by balancing budgets. Virtually all mainstream politicians recognized that excessive debt could jeopardize private investment and national independence. With original scholarship and the benefit of experience in finance and public service, Bill White dispels common budget myths and distills practical lessons from the nation’s five previous spikes in debt. America’s Fiscal Constitution offers an objective and hopeful guide for people trying to make sense of the nation’s current, most severe, debt crisis and its impact on their lives and our future.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Bill White
Publisher : PublicAffairs
Release : 2014-04-01
File : 576 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781610393447

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Demonstrates the crucial role that the Constitution played in the coming of the Civil War.

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Genre : History
Author : Michael F. Conlin
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2019-06-30
File : 320 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781108495271

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Genre : United States
Author : James Schouler
Publisher :
Release : 1894
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : MSU:31293201252503

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Genre : United States
Author : James Schouler
Publisher :
Release : 1885
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : UCAL:B2985851

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Genre : United States
Author : James Schouler
Publisher :
Release : 1891
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : HARVARD:HX2Q48

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