Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 January 2018

248 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780190271602

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The Heart of the Constitution

How the Bill of Rights became the Bill of Rights

Gerard Magliocca

  • Advances a sweeping reinterpretation of the Bill of Rights
  • Reveals most Americans did not call the set of constitutional amendments ratified in 1791 the Bill of rights until the twentieth century
  • Asserts that the Bill of Rights was mostly used to increase the authority of the federal government until the end of World War Two
  • Presents the Bill of Rights is a dynamic idea that adapts with the times and facilitates constitutional change