To understand the principles, prospects, and problems of American government, one must understand the U.S. Constitution. AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Fifth Edition, analyzes the design and purpose of this document, and in doing so examines how power is conferred and limited among the branches of the federal government. Drawing on constitutional interpretations from many sources, this text provides a complete depiction of the United States' defining document.
A basic text for courses in constitutional law and civil liberties, using landmark cases to demonstrate the fundamental principles of the American constitutional system. Covers the distribution of power in the government, distribution of power between the national government and the states, and between the government and the individual. Case headnotes provide a historical perspective and indicate where the case stands in relation to current law. Contains the text of the Constitution, a glossary, and a list of justices of the Supreme Court. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Preface. 1. Interpretation of the Constitution. 2. Constitutional Adjudication. 3. Rights Under the Constitution. 4. Economic Due Process and the Takings Clause. 5. Freedom of Speech, Press, and Association. 6. Freedom of Religion. 7. Criminal Procedure. 8. The Equal Protection Clause and Racial Discrimination. 9. Substantive Equal Protection. 10. Voting and Representation. 11. The Right to Privacy. The Constitution of the United States of America. Justices of the Supreme Court. Glossary of Common Legal Terms. Table of Cases.