This, the second of two volumes of Liberty and Union, is a comprehensive constitutional history of the United States from the Progressive Era of the early twentieth century to the most recent decisions of the Supreme Court on contemporary constitutional issues.
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 textbook has been thoughtfully constructed to offer an accessible alternative to dense scholarly works – avoiding unnecessary technical jargon, defining legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and making explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in an 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
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Progressivism, Imperialism, and the Regulatory State 2. World War I and the Constitution 3. Normalcy and Reaction 4. The New Deal Revolution 5. The New Constitutionalism 6. World War II and the Constitution 7. The Era of the Cold War 8. Earl Warren Takes the Helm 9. A Decade of Change and Progress 10. The New Judicial Activism 11. Nationalizing Criminal Due Process 12. An Era of Discord and Crisis 13. Civil Rights and Affirmative Action 14. Protecting Individual Liberty 15. Criminal Justice and Due Process after Warren 16. Civilizing the Death Penalty 17. Politics and Constitutionalism 18. The New Millennium.