Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995

Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995

by David E. Kyvig


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700607921
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 10/08/1996
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

1. "Here Shall Be Thy Bonds": The Rise of Constitutionalism
2. "To Rectify the Errors that Will Creep In": The Emergence of the Amending Corollary
3. "A Peaceful Process of Cure": Devising the American Amending System
4. "A Remedy in the System Itself": Amending and the Adoption of the Constitution
5. "The Most Satisfactory Provisions for All Essential Rights": Immediate Amendment as the Constitution's Price and Proof
6. "Too Ticklish to be Unnecessarily Multiplied": Amendments and the Judicial Review Alternative
7. "In Pursuit of an Impracticable Theory": States' Rights and Constitutional Amendment
8. "Consummated Amid Fiery Passions": The Second American Constitutional Revolution
9. "No Force Less Than the Force of Revolution": Resurrecting the Amending Remedy
10. "Just as Far as Public Sentiment Would Justify": An Era of Constitutional Activity and Faith
11. "Like the Ratchet on a Cog Wheel": Second Thoughts About the Amendment
12. "Where the People Themselves Express Their Will": Altering Established Constitutional Provisions and Practices
13. "The Danger of Tinkering": Forgoing Amendment in the Third American Constitutional Revolution
14. "The Sharp Anger of a Moment": Attempted Counterrevolution by Amendment
15. "Not Perfect, But Better Than No Solution": Amendments to Solve Immediate Problems
16. "To Set Out on a Vast Uncharted Sea": Failed Quests to Alter Original Agreements
17. "They Thought That Just Being Right Would Be Enough": Amendments as Tests of National Consensus
18. "To Manipulate the Symbol of National Purpose": Amendment Politics in a Conservative Era
19. "The Offspring of Our Own Choice": Amendments in Constitutional Thought and Practice

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