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Interpreting the Constitution by
Call Number: KF4550 .G737 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-04
The nature of constitutions : basic questions about their interpretation -- Multiple interpretive criteria -- Original understanding : what is relevant and how much does it count? -- Employing multiple standards -- Neutral principles or "objective" standards : their relevance and attainability -- Cruel and unusual punishment -- Federal separation of powers -- Federal powers -- Freedom of speech and the press -- The religion clauses -- Criminal process : the right to counsel, unreasonable searches and seizures, and the privilege against self-incrimination -- Equal protection.
How to Read the Constitution--And Why by
Call Number: KF4541 .W44 2019
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
"The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In How to Read the Constitution--and Why, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms and including text from the United States Constitution, she describes how the Constitution's protections are eroding--not only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy--and why every American needs to heed to this "red flag" moment in our democracy. This invaluable--and timely--resource includes the Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the text, from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights--including free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works--and why, if we don't step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever. How to Read the Constitution--and Why is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for everyone in America--regardless of political party."--Amazon.com
The Constitution by
Call Number: KF4541 .P386 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
"In The Constitution, constitutional scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen and his son Luke provide a clear, accessible introduction to the history and meaning of this historic document. Beginning with the Constitution's birth in 1787, Paulsen and Paulsen offer a grand tour of its history and interpretations, introducing readers to the characters and controversies that have shaped this founding instrument in the 200-plus years since its creation. In order to properly judge contemporary readings of the Constitution, Paulsen and Paulsen argue, it is first necessary to understand the origins--and original meaning--of the document's articles and amendments. ..."
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