Constitution of the United States A Primer for the People

ISBN-10: 0226131041
ISBN-13: 9780226131047
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Reprint)
Authors: David P. Currie
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Description: A masterly introduction to the United States Constitution, this slim book leads the reader through a concise overview of the document's individual articles and amendments. With clear and accessible language, Currie then examines each of the three  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 175
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A masterly introduction to the United States Constitution, this slim book leads the reader through a concise overview of the document's individual articles and amendments. With clear and accessible language, Currie then examines each of the three branches of the federal government and explains the relation between the federal and state governments. He analyzes those constitutional provisions that are designed to protect citizens from governmental interference, such as the due process and equal protection clauses and the confusing first amendment provisions respecting the separation of church and state, and includes discussions of judicial review and freedom of speech and of the press. A sympathetic yet critical guide, Currie's book enables students and laypersons to understand one of the cornerstones of the Western political tradition. The second edition, along with an updated chronology and bibliography, incorporates the Supreme Court decisions over the past decade that have affected constitutional interpretation. "Superb . . . highly recommended for those seeking a reliable, understandable, and useful introduction to our constitution."--Appellate Practice Journal and Update

David P. Currie (1936-2007) was the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four volumes in the Constitution in Congress series and the award-winning two-volume history The Constitution in the Supreme Court.

Preface
Introduction
Congress
The President
The Courts
The Bill of Rights
Later Amendments
Judicial Review
Origin and Justification
Scope and Limitations
Federalism
Federal Powers
The Commerce Clause and State Authority
Intergovernmental Immunities
The Separation of Powers
The Rule of Law
Military Powers
Independent Agencies
Due Process of Law
Procedural Requirements
Substantive Due Process
Alternative Theories
Equality
Racial Discrimination and Segregation
Affirmative Action and De Facto Discrimination
Nonracial Classifications
State Action
The Right to Vote
Freedom of Speech and of the Press
Content Regulation
Time, Place, and Manner Regulations
Church and State
The Free Exercise of Religion
Establishment of Religion
Conclusion
Chronology
The Constitution of the United States
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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