Ranters Run Amok: And Other Adventures in the History of the Law

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I.R. Dee, Jan 1, 2000 - Law - 239 pages
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"Mr. Levy begins with a long essay on the Ranters, the ornery radicals who confronted the state and repudiated the moral law in mid-seventeenth-century England. He continues with anecdotes about Supreme Court justices and - a highlight of the book - a behind-the-scenes account of the deliberation over the Pulitzer Prizes in history. His chronicles of a long debate with Harvard University Press over the publication of his book on blasphemy is both eye-opening and confounding. He concludes with essays on the origins of the Fourth Amendment; on the critics of his prizewinning study of the Fifth Amendment; and on Lemuel Shaw, chief justice of Massachusetts from 1830 to 1860, whom Mr. Levy calls America's greatest magistrate."--Jacket.

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RANTERS RUN AMOK: and Other Adventures in the History of the Law

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A strange bouquet in which stellar examples of scholarly jurisprudence mingle with freewheeling academic invective directed toward those who have had the audacity to find fault with any of the author ... Read full review

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Levy, a constitutional historian and Pulitzer Prize winner (Origins of the Fifth Amendment), offers an anthology of eight interpretive essays on the history of law, a field he studies "to discover ... Read full review


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Leonard W. Levy, whose Origins of the Fifth Amendment won the Pulitzer Prize in history, is formerly Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional History at Brandeis University and Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor of Humanities and History at the Claremont Graduate School. His other writings, many of which have also won awards, include The Palladium of Justice, Blasphemy, The Establishment Clause, Freedom of the Press from Zenger to Jefferson, Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, and Jefferson and Civil Liberties. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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