American Constitutional Law, Volume 1: The Structure of Government, Volume 1

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Westview Press, 2009 - Law - 658 pages
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"American Constitutional Law" provides a comprehensive account of the nation's defining document. Based on the premise that the study of the Constitution and constitutional law is of fundamental importance to understanding the principles, prospects, and problems of America, this text puts current events in terms of what those who initially drafted and ratified the Constitution sought to accomplish. The authors examine the constitutional thought of the founders, as well as interpretations of the Constitution by the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, lower federal courts, and state judiciaries. Now fully updated, the eighth edition of this classic volume focuses on federal rights and powers and incorporates six new cases, including "Boumediene v. Bush," "Medellin v. Texas," "Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation," and "Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Company."

Also available in its eighth edition from authors Ralph A. Rossum and G. Alan Tarr: "American Constitutional Law, Volume II: The Bill of Rights and Subsequent Amendments "(Westview Press, ISBN 978-0-8133-4478-2).

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About the author (2009)

Ralph A. Rossum received his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is Henry Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy and American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College.

G. Alan Tarr received his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is a distinguished professor of political science and director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. Professor Tarr has served as a constitutional consultant in Russia, South Africa, Cyprus, and Burma. A three-time NEH Fellow, he is currently completing a study of judicial independence and accountability in the American states.

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