Origins of the Fifth Amendment: The Right Against Self-Incrimination / Edition 1

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Overview

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history and a landmark in the study of constitutional origins, Leonard Levy’s now-classic study appears for the first time in paperback. Origins probes the intentions of the framers of the Fifth Amendment and emphasizes their belief that in a society based upon respect for the individual, it is more important that the accused not unwillingly contribute to his conviction than that the guilty be punished. "A work of monumental scholarship—broad in scope, thorough, carefully annotated, accurate, and imaginative."—Political Science Quarterly. "Vastly learned...everywhere critical and reflective...written in a style at once lucid and vigorous. All in all, it is quite clearly one of the important contributions to historical literature."—Henry Steele Commager. "A matchless contribution to our understanding of the historical background underlying the adoption of a major provision of the Bill of Rights."—American Political Science Review. "A masterful job."—Oscar Handlin.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul A. Freund
A work of meticulous scholarship which makes the experience of centuries past relevant to the legal process of today.
Oscar Handlin
A masterful job.
Henry Steele Commager
Vastly learned...everywhere critical and reflective...written with a style at once lucid and vigorous.
American Political Science Review
A matchless contribution to our understanding of the historical background underlying the adoption of a major provision of the Bill of Rights.
Political Science Quarterly
A work of monumental scholarshipóbroad in scope, thorough, carefully annotated, accurate, and imaginative.
Booknews
Presents a landmark study of constitutional origin, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history at the time of its original publication. Probes the intentions of the framers of the Fifth Amendment, emphasizing their belief that in a society based on respect for the individual, it is more important that the accused not unwillingly contribute to his conviction than that the guilty be punished. First published in 1968 by Oxford University Press. This paperback edition contains a new preface by the author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566632706
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST ELEPHA
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 503,336
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard W. Levy is formerly Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional History at Brandeis University and Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor of Humanities and History at the Claremont Graduate School. His other writings, many of which have also won awards, include The Palladium of Justice, Blasphemy, The Establishment Clause, Freedom of the Press from Zenger to Jefferson, Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, and Jefferson and Civil Liberties. He lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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