The Constitution of the United States: A Primer for the People


A masterful introduction to the Constitution for anyone interested in learning how it works and what it has come to mean.
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A masterful introduction to the Constitution for anyone interested in learning how it works and what it has come to mean.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226131047
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 562,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Currie (1936-2007) was the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the author of four volumes in the Constitution in Congress series and the award-winning two-volume history The Constitution in the Supreme Court.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Congress 2
The President 4
The Courts 8
The Bill of Rights 10
Later Amendments 12
2 Judicial Review
Origin and Justification 15
Scope and Limitations 19
3 Federalism
Federal Powers 26
The Commerce Clause and State Authority 31
Intergovernmental Immunities 33
4 The Separation of Powers
The Rule of Law 36
Military Powers 40
Independent Agencies 42
5 Due Process of Law
Procedural Requirements 47
Substantive Due Process 50
Alternative Theories 55
6 Equality 59
Racial Discrimination and Segregation 59
Affirmative Action and De Facto Discrimination 61
Nonracial Classifications 64
State Action 67
The Right to Vote 70
7 Freedom of Speech and of the Press 74
Content Regulation 76
Time, Place, and Manner Regulations 80
8 Church and State 83
The Free Exercise of Religion 83
Establishment of Religion 86
9 Conclusion 91
App. A: Chronology 95
App. B The Constitution of the United States 102
Notes 127
Bibliography 148
Index 151
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