The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever

Front Cover
Basic Books, 2006 - Political Science - 294 pages
4 Reviews
In 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a State of the Union Address that was arguably the greatest political speech of the twentieth century. In it, Roosevelt grappled with the definition of security in a democracy, concluding that "unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world." To help ensure that security, he proposed a "Second Bill of Rights" -- economic rights that he saw as necessary to political freedom. Many of the great legislative achievements of the past sixty years stem from Roosevelt's vision. Using this speech as a launching point, Cass R. Sunstein shows how these rights are vital to the continuing security of our nation. This is an ambitious, sweeping book that argues for a new vision of FDR, of constitutional history, and our current political scene.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution--And Why We Need It More Than Ever

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Mr. Susskind has written an intriguing, if a somewhat meandering, book about FDR's expanding sense of what "security" meant. The experience of the Great Depression and the horrors of WW II led FDR to ... Read full review

Review: The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution--And Why We Need It More Than Ever

User Review  - Mark Fitzpatrick - Goodreads

I enjoy Sunstein and I am sympathetic to FDR's Second Bill of Rights. This is a good book to explore the history, concept, and debate about the rights for US society. Read full review

Contents

The Speech of the Century
9
The Myth of LaissezFaire
17
Rights from Wrongs Roosevelts Constitutional Order
35
The Birth of the Second Bill
61
AMERICA
97
A Puzzle and an Overview
99
The Oldest Constitution on Earth
109
American Culture and American Exceptionalism
127
Objections Against the Second Bill?
193
The Question of Enforcement
209
Roosevelts Incomplete Triumph
231
Message to the Congress on the State of the Union Address January 11 1944
235
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights excerpts
245
International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights excerpts
247
Excerpts from Various Constitutions
253
Notes
263

Americas Pragmatic Constitution
139
How the Supreme Court Almost Quietly Adopted the Second Bill
149
CONSTITUTIONS AND COMMITMENTS
173
Citizenship Opportunity Security
175
Bibliographical Note
279
Acknowledgments
281
Index
283
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 2 - ... freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear everywhere in the world.
Page ix - The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries, or shops or farms or mines of the Nation.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2006)

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School and a contributing editor at The New Republic and the American Prospect . He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions and has contributed as well to such publications as the New York Times , the Los Angeles Times , and the Washington Post . His numerous books include Republic.com , Risk and Reason , Laws of Fear , and The Second Bill of Rights . He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Bibliographic information