The Complete Bill of Rights

The Complete Bill of Rights : The Drafts, Debates, Sources and Origins

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The fundamental, inalienable rights and privileges set forth in the Bill of Rights represent the very foundations of American liberty. The Complete Bill of Rights is a documentary record of the process by which these rights and privileges were defined and recorded as law. Neil H. Cogan incorporates all pertinent materials from the debate on the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Arranged in chronological order, the work presents each clause in its finished form, and traces its development from its origins. Cogan presents every draft of the text and every documentary source, including State convention proposals and State, colonial, and English constitutional texts, and sources in caselaw and treatises. He includes data from diaries and correspondence, pamphlets and newspapers, as well as the Congressional debates. He publishes, for the first time, each version of the drafts from the manuscript collections of the National Archives and Library of Congress. The result is the most detailed and useful record of the debate over the Bill of Rights available. Including the correspondence of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams among many others who debated the issues that the Supreme Court considers law today, The Complete Bill of Rights is the first and only comprehensive collection of texts essential to understanding the Bill of Rights. Organized in an accessible and practical manner, it is an invaluable tool for law students, judges, lawyers, and law clerks, as well as scholars of the law, history, and political science.show more

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  • Hardback | 768 pages
  • 190.5 x 238.76 x 50.8mm | 1,496.85g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019510322X
  • 9780195103229

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"For anyone interested in our Constitution, our history, or our political theory, this book is an intellectual treasure chest. It is more than legislative history. It is constitution-drafting in the raw-all the proposals and all the give-and-take (some of it disturbing) that resulted in the adoption of the Bill of Rights."-Floyd A. Abrams, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel "This wonderful collection offers one-stop shopping for the serious student of the Bill of Rights, for the casual reader, and for everyone in between."-Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law, Yale Law School "This book is an invaluable resource for constitutional scholars, teachers, litigators, and judges alike. It collects and collates the basic texts necessary for informed interpretation of the Bill of Rights and gives them to researchers in a compact, comprehensive, and reliable form that is wonderfully organized for both quick scanning and sustained critical analysis. It makes previously difficult research tasks easy and opens new lines of thinking at a glance."- Anthony G. Amsterdam, Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor and Director, Lawyering Program, New York University Law School "What a treasure. In one volume, everything any constitutional scholar, lawyer, or history buff needs to know about the origins of our Bill of Rights. Now the debate about how these amendments should be interpreted can really begin."-Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor, Harvard Law School "The Complete Bill of Rights is a major occasion in American publishing. This volume will take its place on the reference shelf next to Farrand, Elliott, Storing, Kurland, and Lerner as essential to the understanding of the American constitutional tradition. Never before has it been possible to think seriously and completely about the text of the Bill of Rights, for never before have all of the texts relating to the final version of the Bill of Rights been easily and accurately accessible in one reference work. This is a triumph of careful and thoughtful scholarship. It is now one of the essential components of the library of constitutionalism. It will never be out of date."-Stanley N. Katz, President, American Council of Learned Societiesshow more

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