American Constitutional Law, Volume I: The Structure of Government

American Constitutional Law, Volume I: The Structure of Government

by Ralph A. Rossum, G. Alan Tarr
     
 

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The study of the Constitution and constitutional law is of fundamental importance to understanding the principles, prospects, and problems of America. American Constitutional Law, Volume I provides a comprehensive account of the nation’s defining document, comparing how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified

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The study of the Constitution and constitutional law is of fundamental importance to understanding the principles, prospects, and problems of America. American Constitutional Law, Volume I provides a comprehensive account of the nation’s defining document, comparing how its provisions were originally understood by those who drafted and ratified it with contemporary constructions. The authors examine the constitutional thought of the founders, as well as interpretations of the Constitution by the Supreme Court, Congress, the President, lower federal courts, and state judiciaries to provide students with a sense of how the law has been interpreted over the years.Now fully updated, the ninth edition of this classic volume features several new cases including National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, Arizona v. United States, and Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal CompanyVisit westviewconlaw.com for instructor resources, including recently decided cases, material from prior editions, and a glossary.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This casebook is ideal for undergraduate classes in constitutional law. The case selection thoughtfully balances the old and new; the editing of cases is done with precision and care. The editors’ introductory essays are models of clarity, organization, and focus on the crucial problems of constitutional interpretation. The essays are attentive to doctrinal details without losing sight of the Constitution as a whole. The supporting website provides a rich source of recent and earlier decisions that provide flexibility for instructors. Rossum and Tarr’s American Constitutional Law is, in sum, the class of its class.” —G. Roger McDonald, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“These volumes are a sound, balanced introduction into the study of Constitutional Law. The abridged cases are substantive but still accessible to the average undergraduate student and provide a solid basis for gaining a foothold in the discipline and for generating vigorous discussion and debate on the case law.” —Darren Patrick Guerra, Biola University

“Rossum and Tarr have created an excellent set of volumes for teaching constitutional law to undergraduates. Their approach is both scholarly and highly accessible. It is also organized in a way that gives instructors the flexibility to formulate their own approach to teaching constitutional law.” –Michael Zarkin, Westminster College

Praise for Prior Editions
“An excellent two-volume Constitutional Law case book with sophisticated introductions.”
-Saul Brenner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Its greatest strengths are threefold. First, the case excerpts are ideal for undergraduate students who are being exposed to the reading of case law for the first time and who are not familiar with legal nomenclature. … The second great virtue of the book is that the introductory sections of each chapter, which precede the case law, succinctly summarize the law, history, and politics related to the cases that students are about to encounter. These introductions do an excellent job setting the context for the case law. … The third great virtue of the R & T text is that the editors do as good a job as any constitutional law text tying the case law to what the framers of the constitutional provisions at issue had to say. This allows students to understand the original meaning of the Constitution in a way they might seldom appreciate with other textbooks that disregard or object to such approaches to constitutional law.”
-Anthony A. Peacock, Utah State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813347462
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
946,743
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph A. Rossum is Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including his most recent, The Supreme Court and Tribal Gaming. He has served in the U.S. Department of Justice and as a board member of its National Institute of Corrections. He currently serves on the California Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.G. Alan Tarr is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies, Rutgers University, Camden. He is author of 12 books, including his most recent Without Fear or Favor. He has served as a constitutional consultant in Brazil, Burma, Cyprus, Russia, and South Africa. Three times an NEH Fellow, he is currently editor of a fifty-volume reference series on state constitutions.

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