A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States: Containing a Brief Commentary on Every Clause, Explaining the True Nature, Reasons, and Objects Thereof : Designed for the Use of School Libraries and General Readers : with an Appendix, Containing Important Public Documents, Illustrative of the Constitution

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Story, Joseph. A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States: Containing a Brief Commentary on Every Clause, Explaining the True Nature, reasons, and Objects Thereof; Designed for the Use of School, Libraries and General Readers. With an Appendix, Containing Important Public Documents, Illustrative of the Constitution. New York: Harper Brothers: 1865. 372 pp. Reprinted 1999 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 98-50811. ISBN 1-886363-71-4. Hardcover. * Reprint of the 1865 edition. An important treatise on the Constitution of the United States by an early master of that document. Designed to follow the order of his well-known Commentaries on the Constitution, this work is written in language geared to the student or layman, nevertheless showing great breadth and profundity in his explications.
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The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
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Dec 31, 1999
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372
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9781886363717
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English
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Law / Constitutional
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An in-depth look at the defining document of America

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Open the book and find:

The text of the Constitution and its ammendments

Discussion of controversial issues including the death penalty, abortion, and gay marriage

Why the word "democracy" doesn't appear in the Constitution

What the Electoral College is and how it elects a President

Details on recent Supreme Court decisions

The Founding Fathers' intentions for balancing power in Washington

H. Jefferson Powell offers a powerful new approach to one of the central issues in American constitutional thinking today: the problem of constitutional law's historicity, or the many ways in which constitutional arguments and outcomes are shaped both by historical circumstances and by the political goals and commitments of various actors, including judges. The presence of such influences is often considered highly problematic: if constitutional law is political and historical through and through, then what differentiates it from politics per se, and what gives it integrity and coherence? Powell argues that constitutional theory has as its (sometimes hidden) agenda the ambition of showing how constitutional law can escape from history and politics, while much constitutional history seeks to identify an historically true meaning of the constitutional text that, once uncovered, can serve as a corrective to subsequent deviations from that truth.

Combining history and theory, Powell analyzes a series of constitutional controversies from 1790 to 1944 to demonstrate that constitutional law from its very beginning has involved politically charged and ideologically divisive arguments. Nowhere in our past can one find the golden age of apolitical constitutional thinking that a great deal of contemporary scholarship seeks or presupposes. Viewed over time, American constitutional law is a history of political dispute couched in constitutional terms.

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A Community Built on Words will be must reading for any student of constitutional history, theory, or law.
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