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"I don't think there is anyone in the academy these days capable of more patient and attentive reading of the constitutional text than Akhil Amar."--Jeremy Waldron, New York Review of Books When the stories that lead our daily news involve momentous constitutional questions, present-minded journalists and busy citizens cannot always see the stakes clearly. In The Constitution Today, Akhil Reed Amar, America's preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades--from gun control to gay marriage, affirmative action to criminal procedure, presidential dynasties to congressional dysfunction, Bill Clinton's impeachment to Obamacare. He shows how the Constitution's text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the American body politic. Leading readers through the constitutional questions at stake in each episode while outlining his abiding views regarding the direction constitutional law must go, Amar offers an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand America's Constitution and its relevance today.

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Genre: Law
Author: Akhil Reed Amar
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2016-09-13
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465096343

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Genre: Constitutional law
Author: Roscoe Lewis Ashley
Publisher:
Release: 1924
File: 237 Pages
ISBN-13: UCAL:$B269673

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Genre: Constitutional amendments
Author: Edward Henry Hobbs
Publisher:
Release: 1960
File: 151 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105044143241

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Genre: Constitutional history
Author: United States
Publisher:
Release: 1955
File: 64 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105062183673

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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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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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Genre: Constitutional law
Author: Edward Samuel Corwin
Publisher:
Release: 1947
File: 271 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015022620614

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For over seventy-five years Edward S. Corwin's text has been a basic reference in the study of U.S. Constitutional Law. The 14th edition, the first new edition since 1973, brings the volume up to date through 1977. In this classic work, historian Edward Corwin presented the text of the U.S. Constitution along with his own commentary on its articles, sections, clauses, and amendments. Corwin was a renowned authority on constitutional law and jurisprudence, and was hired at Princeton University by Woodrow Wilson in 1905. Far from being an impersonal textbook, Corwin's edition was full of opinion. Not afraid to express his own strong views of the development of American law, Corwin offered piquant descriptions of the debates about the meaning of clauses, placing recent decisions of the court "in the familiar setting of his own views." The favor of his style is evident in his comments on judicial review ("American democracy's way of covering its bet") and the cabinet ("an administrative anachronism" that should be replaced by a legislative council "whose daily salt does not come from the Presidential table"). Corwin periodically revised the book for nearly forty years, incorporating into each new edition his views of new Supreme Court rulings and other changes in American law. Although Corwin intended his book for the general public, his interpretations always gained the attention of legal scholars and practitioners. The prefaces he wrote to the revised editions were often controversial for the views he offered on the latest developments of constitutional law, and the book only grew in stature and recognition. After his death in 1963, other scholars prepared subsequent editions, fourteen in all.

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Genre: Law
Author: Edward S. Corwin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2008-09-02
File: 696 Pages
ISBN-13: 1400820057

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For over fifty years this book has been a basic resource in the study of U.S. Constitutional Law. Frequently updated, it has kept pace with current interpretations of the Constitution, primarily as reflected in decisions by the Supreme Court. The 13th edition, the first new edition since 1958, retains the incisive flavor and commentary of the late Professor Corwin and extends the scope of the book through the 1971-1972 session of the Supreme Court, including the after-session decision on the seating of delegates at the 1972 Democratic Convention.

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Genre: Constitutional law
Author: Edward Samuel Corwin
Publisher:
Release: 1973
File: 601 Pages
ISBN-13: 0691027544

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Genre: Constitutional law
Author: American Assembly
Publisher: The American Assembly
Release: 1987
File: 15 Pages
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