Origins of the Bill of Rights

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Law - 306 pages
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Americans resorted to arms in 1775 not to establish new liberties but to defend old ones, explains constitutional historian Leonard W. Levy in this history of the origins of the Bill of Rights. Unencumbered by a rigid class system, an arbitrary government, or a single established church squelching dissent, colonial Americans understood freedom in a far more comprehensive and liberal way than the English, Levy shows. He offers here a panoramic view of the liberties secured by the first ten amendments to the Constitution-a penetrating analysis of the background of the Bill of Rights the meanings of each provision of the amendments.
  

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User Review  - Michael Powe - Goodreads

The pugnaciously iconoclastic Professor's overview of the first ten amendments to the Constitution likely has something in it to offend everyone. But if you want one short book to review these critical elements of the national gov't, this book is the one. Read full review

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User Review  - Sean Clouden - Goodreads

Thanks to this book, I understand my constitutional rights better than ever before, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Founding Fathers'courage and integrity to do what is right, even ... Read full review

Contents

TWO Habeas Corpus
44
THREE Bills of Attainder
68
The Establishment Clause
79
The Free Press Clause
103
SIX The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
133
Search and Seizure
150
The Right Against SelfIncrimination
180
NINE Double Jeopardy
203
Grand and Petty
210
ELEVEN The Eighth Amendment
231
Unenumerated Rights
241
Key Documents
261
Bibliography
297
Index
299
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About the author (2001)

Leonard W. Levy is Mellon Professor Emeritus at the Claremont Graduate School and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Southern Oregon State College. He is the author of thirty-six books, including Origins of the Fifth Amendment, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize.

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