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Liberty and Union

A Constitutional History of the United States, concise edition

By Edgar J. McManus, Tara Helfman

Routledge – 2012 – 728 pages

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    978-0-415-89286-5
    January 27th 2014

Description

This, the concise edition of Liberty and Union, is an abridged constitutional history of the United States, designed for short single-semester courses, comprising the key topics from Volumes 1 and 2.

Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it successfully unites thorough chronological coverage with a thematic approach, offering critical analysis of core constitutional history topics, set in the political, social, and economic context that made them constitutional issues in the first place. Combining a thoughtful and balanced narrative with an authoritative stance on key issues, the authors deliberately explain the past in the light of the past, without imposing upon it the standards of later generations.

Authored by two experienced professors in the field, this concise edition presents seminal topics while retaining the narrative flow of the two full original volumes. An accessible alternative to dense scholarly works, this textbook avoids unnecessary technical jargon, defines legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and makes explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in a short undergraduate or postgraduate constitutional history course, or anyone with a general interest in constitutional developments, this book will be essential reading.

Useful features include:

  • Full glossary of legal terminology
  • Recommended reading
  • A table of cases
  • Extracts from primary documents
  • Companion website

Useful documents provided:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitution of the United States of America
  • Chronological list of Supreme Court justices

Contents

I. English and Colonial Origins

II. Independence and Nationhood

III. A More Perfect Union

IV. Launching the New Government

V. Jeffersonian Republicanism

VI. John Marshall and Judicial Nationalism

VII. Majority Rule and Sectional Rights

VIII. More Power to the States

IX. Slavery and the Constitution

X. The Crisis of the Union

XI. Reconstructing the Nation

XII. Promises Betrayed

XIII. Property Rights and Judicial Activism

XIV. Progressivism and the New Nationalism

XV. World War I and the Constitution

XVI. Normalcy and Reaction

XVII. The New Deal Revolution

XVIII. The New Constitutionalism

XIX. World War II and the Constitution

XX. The Era of the Cold War

XXI. Earl Warren Takes the Helm

XXII. A Decade of Change and Progress

XXIII. The New Judicial Activism

XXIV. Nationalizing Criminal Due Process

XXV. An Era of Discord and Crisis

XXVI. Progress on First Amendment Rights

XXVII. Civil Rights and Affirmative Action

XXVIII. Protecting Individual Liberty

XXIX. Criminal Due Process after Warren

XXX. Civilizing the Death Penalty

XXXI. Politics and the Constitution

XXXII. The New Millennium

XXXIII.The Roberts Court

Recommended Reading

Appendices

Table of Cases

Name: Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States, concise edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Edgar J. McManus, Tara Helfman. This, the concise edition of Liberty and Union, is an abridged constitutional history of the United States, designed for short single-semester courses, comprising the key topics from Volumes 1 and 2. Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it...
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