The Constitutionalist

The Constitutionalist : Notes on the First Amendment

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In this new edition of the acclaimed 1971 original, George Anastaplo provides us with a detailed legal, historical, and dialectical analysis of the First Amendment with special attention to the reasoning of the Founding Fathers. Heralded as a groundbreaking work on freedom of expression and constitutional rights, The Constitutionalist challenges the reader to truly understand through a legal and philosophical viewpoint the roles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press in our society, or any society. Supplementing the original text are thorough appendices, including an in-depth record of Anastaplo's own remarkable bar admission case, and extensive notes exploring a range of topics from important political events to the nature of American institutions, as well as a wealth of discriminating references and commentary pulling from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and literature. This book is essential and engrossing reading for law students, legal scholars, and anyone interested in the development and application of free speech and the First more

Product details

  • Paperback | 888 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 48.3mm | 1,156.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110993
  • 9780739110997

About George Anastaplo

George Anastaplo, author of numerous books, teaches at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Dominican more

Review quote

The Constitutionalist encourages, indeed forces, one to come to terms with the role of the freedom of expression in any regime, and in our own in particular, in a fashion that no other single work does. Political Science Reviewer [An] original, extended, learned, dogmatic, tightly-structured, eloquent, unorthodox, and altogether heroic essay in constitutional explanation, interpretation, and plain and fancy assertion. California Law Review Once [Anastaplo] placed Americans in his debt with a stirring example of standing up for an important principle. Now we are in his debt for a provocative book on the First Amendment. Criminal Law Bulletin No constitutional lawyer will have cause for regret if he lays his case books and advance sheets to one side, ponders on Anastaplo's text, and browses in his footnotes. Journal Of Legal Education Lexington Books has done a new generation of students of the Constitution a great service in reissuing George Anastaplo's 1971 classic. The Law and Politics Book Review An in-depth study of the freedom of speech and press provisions of the First Amendment... Superbly trained in both law and philosophy, Anastaplo presents a detailed technical analysis of the origins, the continuing development and the present-day significance of the freedom of speech and press provisions of the First Amendment. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreward to the 2005 Edition Chapter 2 Preface to the 2005 Edition Chapter 3 Addenda for The Constitutionalist Chapter 4 Preface Chapter 5 I. "A Journal of Proceedings" Chapter 6 II."The Supreme Law of the Land" Chapter 7 III. "Congress Shall Make No Law" Chapter 8 IV. "All Legislative Powers Herein Granted" Chapter 9 V. "Abridging the Freedom of Speech" Chapter 10 VI. "The Powers Not Delegated to the United States" Chapter 11 VII. "A More Perfect Union" Chapter 12 VIII. "The Blessings of Liberty" Chapter 13 IX. "We Do Ordain and Establish" Part 14 Appendixes Chapter 15 A. Stages in the First Congress of the First Amendment Chapter 16 B. Schenck V. United States: Circular and Indictment Chapter 17 C. Due Process and the World of Commerce Chapter 18 D. Conspiracy and the Judge: A Trial in Chicago Chapter 19 E. Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility: Principiis Obsta Chapter 20 F. In Re George Anastaplo (1950-61)show more