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A March of Liberty

A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 2, From 1898 to the Present

Third Edition

Melvin Urofsky and Paul Finkelman

Publication Date - March 2011

ISBN: 9780195382747

656 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $62.95

Description

A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States is a clearly written, comprehensive overview of American constitutional development. Covering the country's history from the founding of the English colonies up through the latest decisions of the Supreme Court, this two-volume work presents the most complete discussion of American constitutional history currently available. Authors Melvin I. Urofsky and Paul Finkelman successfully blend cases and court doctrines into the larger fabric of American political, economic, and social history. They discuss in detail the great cases handed down by the Supreme Court, showing how these cases played out in society and how constitutional growth parallels changes in American culture. In addition, they examine lesser-known decisions that played important roles in affecting change, and also provide in-depth analyses of the intellects and personalities of the Supreme Court justices who made these influential decisions.

Updated with the most recent scholarship, the third edition of A March of Liberty offers more cases on a broader range of issues including the environment, labor, civil rights, and Native American concerns. It now presents new selections on decisions, statutes, and constitutional developments from the first decade of the 21st century--like the USA PATRIOT Act, presidential signing statements, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, campaign financing, and firearms regulation. The text reflects the current trends in American constitutional history by employing a holistic approach that integrates the decisions of the state and lower federal courts with the decisions of the Supreme Court.

A March of Liberty, Third Edition, features useful supplemental materials including the text of the Constitution, a chronological list of Supreme Court justices, an appendix of the names and years for each Supreme Court justice, and suggested further readings. Gracefully written and clearly explained, this popular two-volume set is indispensable for courses in American constitutional history and law.

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Features

  • clearly written, comprehensive overview of American constitutional development
  • presents the most complete discussion of American constitutional history currently available
  • shows how cases played out in society and how constitutional growth parallels changes in American culture
  • contains in-depth analyses of the intellects and personalities of the Supreme Court justices who made these influential decisions

About the Author(s)

MU: Emeritus Professor of History and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University; co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001). PF: Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001) and American Legal History, 3e (OUP 2004).

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2001
June 1988

Table of Contents

    23. The Constitutional World of the Late Nineteenth Century

    24. A New Era (1877-1914)

    25. Protective Legislature and the Police Power

    26. Progressivism Triumphant (1901-1917)

    27. Constitutional Problems During WWI

    28. "The Business of America is Business!"

    29. A Tangled Skein of Liberties

    30. The Depression, the New Deal, and the Court

    31. Crisis and Resolution

    32. Civil Liberties and the Roosevelt Court

    33. World War II

    34. Fair Deal and Cold War

    35. The Struggle for Civil Rights

    36. "We Shall Overcome!"

    37. The Warren Court and the Bill of Rights

    38. A Nation in Turmoil

    39. Richard Nixon and the Corruption of Power

    40. The Burger Court and Equal Protection

    41. The Burger Court and Civil Liberties

    42. The Rehnquist Court: Equal Protection and Individual Autonomy

    43. The Rehnquist Court, Federalism, and Civil Liberties

    Appendixes

    Indexes

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