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4th Edition

Civil Rights and Liberties in the 21st Century

ISBN 9781138653757
Published April 24, 2018 by Routledge
374 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This up-to-date analysis of the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on civil rights and liberties is a discussion of the facts, legal issues, and constitutional questions surrounding those rulings. Domino’s book serves as either a core text in courses on civil liberties and civil rights, or as a supplementary text in courses on constitutional law and the judiciary. The book is written in the belief that the key to understanding constitutional law is not having the right answers but asking the right questions. It encourages students to be critical thinkers and provides a historical context so students can better understand competing social, legal, and political interests affecting the Supreme Court’s decisions today. The text also includes numerous short excerpts from some of the more influential, eloquent, and controversial Supreme Court opinions to illustrate the handiwork of the powerful legal minds who have helped to shape our society. It reminds us that "the Court" is not an abstract legal mechanism, but rather a group of human beings with divergent opinions.

New to the Fourth Edition

      • Up-to-date discussion of recent rulings, from the standpoint of the Court as a Cultural Tribunal, including:
        • freedom of expression, including hate speech and the historic Citizens United case on campaign finance
        • freedom of religion, including prayer during public meetings and the controversial Hobby Lobby case on corporate religious belief
        • social issues, including reproductive rights & abortion and the landmark Obergefell case on same-sex marriage

      • New section on obscenity and the First Amendment, including discussion of Internet pornography
      • Expanded discussion of the use of GPS and thermal scanning technology by law enforcement and issues surrounding mobile phone privacy
      • The nomination and confirmation politics surrounding the death of Antonin Scalia, the failed nomination of Merrick Garland, and the confirmation of Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch
      • Analysis and comparison of the Roberts Court to the Rehnquist, Burger, and Warren Courts, revisiting the question of counterrevolution that set the theme for previous editions

      Table of Contents

      1. Introduction: Rights and Liberties and the Supreme Court

      2. Freedom of Expression

      3. Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion

      4. Due Process Rights and Criminal Justice

      5. Privacy: "The Right to Be Let Alone" or "The Right to Choose"?

      6. Equal Protection of the Laws

      7. Conclusion: Revolution and Counterrevolution

      Appendix A. Selected Further Readings

      Appendix B. Index of Cases

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      John C. Domino is Professor of Political Science at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches and conducts research in judicial politics, constitutional law, legal history, and American and Texas government.


      Praise for the Fourth Edition

      Up to date and very well-written, Civil Rights and Liberties in the 21st Century is a superb text for civil liberties courses. It provides students with discussion and smart analysis of major cases, including useful explanations and clarifications of the case law.

      Anthony M. Champagne, University of Texas-Dallas

      With this excellent new edition, John Domino updates his concise and crisp introduction to civil rights and civil liberties. Students of political science and the law will find this book illuminating.

      David M. O'Brien, University of Virginia