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The U.S. Constitution was written by men who sought not only to fashion a government for themselves but for societies everywhere. Their ideas formed a document that may be more far-reaching than the greatest scientific discovery in its influence on governments and societies throughout the world. The present volume, which examines that influence, is one in a series on constitutions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Its focus is on the mutual interaction of the U.S. Constitution and constitutions in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the People's Republic of China. It examines both historical and contemporary constitutions and evaluates fundamental problems that recur in important world regions.
A compilation of seventeen previously published articles on the topic of the Constitution and its relationship with the Supreme Court.
In May 1787, men from all over the United States arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on serious business. Just eleven years earlier, colonial leaders had met in Philadelphia to declare their independence from Great Britain. But now the young country was in trouble. The U.S. government was weak, and its guiding document—the Articles of Confederation—was failing. Throughout the summer of 1787, state representatives and leaders argued, shouted, and wrote and rewrote articles. By September, they had produced a new document, the U.S. Constitution. The Convention became a turning point in American history. But what were the new country’s problems? Who came up with the solutions? How did the states work out disagreements to create a new system of government? Discover the facts about the 1787 Convention and the writing of the Constitution.
Featuring 113 primary source documents, The U.S. Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College. Divided into eleven sections with introductions by members of Hillsdales Politics Department faculty, readings cover: -the principles of the American founding; -the framing and structure of the Constitution; -the secession crisis and the Civil War; -the Progressive rejection of the Constitution; and -the building of the administrative state based on Progressive principles. Americas Founders created a form of government which had, in the words of James Madison, "no model on the face of the earth." Its moral foundation is in the Declaration of Independence and its principle of equal natural rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights. In recent decades, the way our government operates has departed from the Constitution. Government has become less limited, and our liberties less secure. At the same time, true civic education in America--education in the Constitution--has largely died out. We at Hillsdale College see it as one of our highest duties to reverse this.
This text covers U.S. constitutional law by examining the balance of power between governmental power and the constitutional rights of individual citizens. Part One examines the structure of the federal government of the United States, focusing on the core principles of separation of powers and federalism. U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on the structure and function of governmental institutions are cited and fully explained. Part Two presents an overview of the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. For ease of understanding, these are divided into liberty and equality rights. An analysis is made of how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution to create a balance between individual liberty and the equality of all citizens.
This landmark book has long been the gold standard of concise summaries of important U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. constitutional law from the establishing of the Court to the present. For the 50th Anniversary Edition, the book has been thorougly revised, reorganized, and updated through the end of the 2002-2003 term.