The Revolutionary Constitution by David J. Bodenhamer
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ISBN
9780195378337
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
281
Dimensions
166 x 242 x 26mm
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"In The Revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer provides a comprehensive new look at America's basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, he notes, was the product of the first modern revolution, and revolutions are, by definition, moments when the past shifts toward an unfamiliar future, one radically different from what was foreseen only a brief time earlier. In seeking to balance power and liberty, the framers established a structure that would allow future generations to continually readjust the scale. Bodenhamer explores this dynamic through seven major constitutional themes: federalism, balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights,and security. With each, he takes a historical approach, following their changes over time. For example, the framers wrote multiple protections for property rights into the Constitution in response to actions by state governments after the Revolution. But twentieth-century courts--and Congress--redefined property rights through measures such as zoning and the designation of historical landmarks (diminishing their commercial value) in response to the needs of a modern economy. The framers anticipated justsuch a future reworking of their own compromises between liberty and power"--
ISBN:
9780195378337
Publication Date:
08 / 02 / 2012
Pages:
281
Dimensions:
166 x 242 x 26mm

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