The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases, and Philosophy

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View or download the free 2015 Online Supplement for this product.The new edition of The American Constitutional Order is designed for a four- to six-semester-hour course on Constitutional Law covering both the structural features of the Constitution as well as individual rights. This book includes ample historical materials, lengthy explanatory notes, both introducing and following cases, and employs exemplar or principal cases rather than merely cumulating redundant examples. The American Constitutional Order is a book with an explicit point of view. In the colloquial, a book with an attitude--namely, that history counts, and that within this American story is a premise of the protection of fundamental natural rights. The authors do not expect every instructor to share their perspective, but they do make this honest pedagogical point: all books have a point of view. Staking out territory in favor of the aspiration of the rule of law and American historical antecedents in fresh ways, this book stimulates thinking and classroom instruction--whether an instructor wishes to travel with, or teach against, the authors’ premises.

The comprehensive Teacher’s Manual for The American Constitutional Order explains all of the included cases, elaborates on the notes and questions in the text, and indicates, based on the many teachers who have used the original edition in class, how specific materials advance student understanding of individual concepts.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND NATURAL LAW BASIS OF THE AMERICAN ORDER: REMOTE AND IMMEDIATE ANCESTORS 
Chapter 2 THE DECLARATION AND ITS CONSTITUTION --LINKING FIRST PRINCIPLE TO NECESSARY MEANS
Chapter 3 A STRUCTURALLY-DIVIDED, BUT WORKABLE, GOVERNMENT
Chapter 4 A LIMITED GOVERNMENT OF ENUMERATED POWER
Chapter 5 A GOVERNMENT MINDFUL OF DUAL SOVEREIGNTY
Chapter 6 A FAIR GOVERNMENT
Chapter 7 A GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM Chapter
8 A GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY
Chapter 9 A GOVERNMENT OF IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE--OF INKBLOTS, LIBERTY AND LIFE ITSELF