America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By

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Basic Books, Sep 11, 2012 - Law - 640 pages
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onal discussions; and the writings of court justices.

America’s Unwritten Constitution presents a bold new vision of the American constitutional system, one in which proper interpretation of the Constitution rests on the interplay between its written and unwritten manifestations, but in which interpretation does not, and cannot, depend wholly on one form or the other. Neither America’s written Constitution nor its unwritten Constitution stands alone, Amar shows, and with each eye-opening example he develops a deeper, more compelling way of thinking about constitutional law than has ever been put forth before—a methodology that looks past the basic text to reveal the diverse influences, supplements, and possibilities that comprise it.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
Americas Implicit Constitution
Americas Enacted Constitution
Americas Lived Constitution
Americas Warrented Constitution
Americas Doctrinal Constitution
Americas Symbolic Constitution
Americas Feminist Constitution
Americas Partisan Constitution
Americas Conscientious Constitution
Americas Unfinished Constitution
AFTERWORD
Americas Written Constitution
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS

Americas Georgian Constitution
Americas Institutional Constitution

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Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, and also occasionally serves as a visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Pepperdine Law Schools. Also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Senior Scholar at the National Constitution Center, Amar has written four books and has contributed to prominent publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Slate.com. His last book, America's Constitution: A Biography, won the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association; his previous book, The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, was awarded a Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association, as well as a Yale University Press Governor's Award. Also the winner of a Bator Award from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Amar is frequently cited by the Supreme Court, and formerly served as a consultant on NBC's The West Wing.

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