The Bill of Rights in Modern America

The Bill of Rights in Modern America : After 200 Years

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"The Bicentennial of the Bill of Rights" is an occasion for celebration. It is also an opportunity to review the role of the Bill of Rights in American life and constitutional order. The essays in this volume, informed by a historical perspective, focus on contemporary issues and explore the current understanding of the Bill of Rights. The essays and the contributors are: "Rights Consciousness in American History," Daniel T. Rodgers; "The Explosion and Erosion of Rights," Gary L. McDowell; "Symbolic Speech and the First Amendment," Paul L. Murphy; "Church and State: The Religion Clauses," Melvin I. Urofsky; "Public Safety and the Right to Bear Arms," Robert J. Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond; "The Enigmatic Place of Property Rights in Modern Constitutional Thought," James W. Ely, Jr.; "Reversing the Revolution: Rights of the Accused in a Conservative Age," David J. Bodenhamer; "Police Practices and the Bill of Rights," Laurence A. Benner and Michal R. Belknap; "The 'Cruel and Unusual Punishment' Clause: A Limit on the Power to Punish or Constitutional Rhetoric!," Joseph L. Hoffmann; "Equal Protection and Affirmative Action," Hermal Belz; "A Ninth Amendment for Today's Constitution," Randy E. Barnett; and "Of Floors and Ceilings: The New Federalism and State Bills of Rights," Kermit L. Hall.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234.2 x 20.6mm | 427.98g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2tabs.
  • 0253207673
  • 9780253207678

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The bicentennial of the Bill of Rights is an occasion for celebration. It is also an opportunity to review the role of the Bill of Rights in American life and constitutional order. The essays in this volume, informed by a historical perspective, focus on contemporary issues and explore the current understanding of the Bill of Rights.show more

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INTRODUCTION: James W. Ely, Jr., and David J. Bodenhamer PART ONE: THE MYTH AND REALITY OF RIGHTS Rights Consciousness in American History: Daniel T. Rodgers The Explosion and Erosion of Rights: Gary L. McDowell PART TWO: MODERN RIGHTS IN CONTROVERSY Symbolic Speech and the First Amendment: Paul L. Murphy Church and State: The Religion Clauses: Melvin I. Urofsky Public Safety and the Right to Bear Arms: Robert J. Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond The Engmatic Place of Property Rights in Modern Constitutional Thought: James W. Ely, Jr. Reversing the Resolution: Rights of the Accused in a Conservative Age: David J. Bodenhamer Police Practices and the Bill of Rights: Laurence A. Benner and Michal R. Belknap The Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause: A Limit on the Power to Punish or Constitutional Rhetoric Joseph L. Hoffmann Equal Protection and Affirmative Action: Herman Belz PART THREE: RIGHTS REMEMBERED, REVISED, AND EXTENDED A Ninth Amendment for TodayOs Constitution: Randy E. Barnett Of Floors and Ceilings: The New Federalism and State Bills of Rights: Kermit L. Hall NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAYS CONTRIBUTORS TABLE OF CASES INDEXshow more

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