American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 16, 2009 - Law - 512 pages
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American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes is a unique casebook that encourages citizens and students of the Constitution to think critically about the fundamental principles and policies of the American constitutional order. In addition to its distinguished authorship, the book has two prominent features that set it apart from other books in the field: an emphasis on the social, political, and moral theory that provides meaning to constitutional law and interpretation, and a comparative perspective that situates the American experience within a world context that serves as an invaluable prism through which to illuminate the special features of our own constitutional order. While the focus of the book is entirely on American constitutional law, the book asks students to consider what, if anything, is unique in American constitutional life and what we share with other constitutional democracies. Each chapter is preceded by an introductory essay that highlights these major themes and also situates the cases in their proper historical and political contexts. This new edition offers updated and expanded treatment of a number of important and timely topics including, the death penalty, privacy, affirmative action, and school segregation. Volume 2 of this text focuses on civil rights and basic freedoms and includes separate chapters on race and gender.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One
9
Part Two
103
Appendix A
743
Appendix B
745
Appendix C
755
Appendix D
759
Appendix E
761
Appendix F
765
Appendix G
771
Appendix H
775
Appendix I
777
Table of Cases
781
Index
787
About the Authors
795
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Donald P. Kommers is Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law emeritus at Notre Dame University. John E. Finn is professor of government at Wesleyan University. Gary J. Jacobsohn is H. Malcolm MacDonald Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Law in the Department of Government at University of Texas at Austin.

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