That Every Man be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right

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UNM Press, 2013 - Law - 312 pages
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That Every Man Be Armed, the first scholarly book on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, has played a significant role in constitutional debate and litigation since it was first published in 1984. Halbrook traces the right to bear arms from ancient Greece and Rome to the English republicans, then to the American Revolution and Constitution, through the Reconstruction period extending the right to African Americans, and onward to today's controversies. With reviews of recent literature and court decisions, this new edition ensures that Halbrook's study remains the most comprehensive general work on the right to keep and bear arms.

 

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Contents

THE ELEMENTARY BOOKS OF PUBLIC RIGHT
1
THE COMMON LAW OF ENGLAND
35
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT
57
ANTEBELLUM INTERPRETATIONS
96
FREEDMEN FIREARMS AND THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT
117
THE SUPREME COURT SPEAKS
173
STATE AND FEDERAL JUDICIAL DECISIONS
202
Public Policy and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
219
Update to the New Edition
225
Notes
233
Index
301
Back Cover
313
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Stephen P. Halbrook 's recent books include The Founders' Second Amendment and The Swiss and the Nazis . He is an attorney in Fairfax, Virginia, whose works are cited by the Supreme Court.

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