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A course on constitutional law and civil liberties can be—and is—nothing less than an extended inquiry into the meaning of America. American Constitutional Law: Volume 1 Governmental Powers and Democracy, newly revised by Donald P. Kommers, John E. Finn, and Gary J. Jacobsohn, is a casebook made for such an inquiry. True to the liberal arts tradition from which it emerges, it goes beyond the facts and rulings of the great cases in American constitutional law to engage important issues of political theory and the nature of our constitutional democracy. Although the focus is on American constitutional law, Kommers, Finn, and Jacobsohn break new ground by incorporating comparative materials that enrich the study of the American Constitution by challenging the reader to assess American constitutional values in light of other traditions and understandings of constitutional governance. In an era of constitutional globalization, this new edition of a distinguished text is essential to an appreciation of tradition and diversity.Volume 1 focuses on governmental structures and relationships and includes a new chapter on elections and political representation.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 I Institutional and Interpretive Foundations Chapter 4 1 The Supreme Court Chapter 5 2 The Constitution and Its Interpretation Part 6 II Intergovernmental Powers and Relationships Chapter 7 3 Judicial Power Chapter 8 4 Separation of Powers Chapter 9 5 Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Crises Chapter 10 6 Federalism and State Regulation Chapter 11 7 Congressional Powers Chapter 12 8 Voting and Political Representation Part 13 Part III: Liberty, Community, and Constitutional Interpretation under the Bill of Rights Chapter 14 The Bill of Rights, Incorporation, and Capital Punishment Chapter 15 Liberty and Property Chapter 16 Fundamental Rights: Privacy and Personhood Chapter 17 Freedom of Speech Chapter 18 Freedom of Religion in Public and Private Life Chapter 19 The Equal Protection Clause and Racial Discrimination Chapter 20 Gender Discrimination and Other Claims to Equality Chapter 21 Appendix A The Declaration of Independence Chapter 22 Appendix B The United States Constitution Chapter 23 Appendix C First Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln Chapter 24 Appendix D The Gettysburg Address Chapter 25 Appendix E Understanding Supreme Court Opinions Chapter 26 Appendix F Glossary of Terms Chapter 27 Appendix G Chronological Chart of the Justices Chapter 28 Appendix H Legal Research on the World Wide Web Chapter 29 Appendix I The Federalist No. 78