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Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History

Third Edition

Melvin I. Urofsky and Paul Finkelman

Publication Date - March 2007

ISBN: 9780195323122

640 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Weaves together constitutional and legal history, offering students a mix of both frequently-cited and lesser-known (but equally important) historical documents and court decisions.


Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Third Edition, is a two-volume companion to Urofsky and Finkelman's successful text, A March of Liberty, 2/e. Organized chronologically, this documents reader skillfully weaves together constitutional and legal history, offering students a mix of both frequently cited and lesser-known-but equally important-historical documents and court decisions that have been instrumental in shaping the nation's constitutional development. The editors provide an introduction to each document, which summarizes its significance and places it within its historical context. Each introduction is followed by a brief list of suggestions for further reading. Both volumes contain the complete text of the U.S. Constitution for ease of reference.
The third edition has been updated to include both newly significant documents from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries and many recent legal documents of significance, from the latest Supreme Court decisions up through the recent Guantanamo Bay controversy. In addition, the introductions have been revised and the suggested reading sections have been updated to reflect recent scholarship. For the first time, this edition will also include the voting records for each case and an appendix of U.S. Supreme court judges and their tenures. This reader is an essential resource for anyone studying U.S. Constitutional History and/or Law.

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2001
August 1989


"With this edition, this volume becomes the definitive source book for advanced undergraduate classes in United States Constitutional and Legal History."--Thomas C. Mackey, University of Louisville

Table of Contents

    Documents new to this edition:
    56. Insular Cases (1901)
    278. Kyllo v. United States (2001)
    279. USA PATRIOT ACT (2001)
    280. Atkins v. Virginia (2002)
    281. Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002)
    282. Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
    283. Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
    284. Virginia v. Black (2003)
    285. McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003)
    286. Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (2004)
    287. Rasul v. Bush (2004)
    288. Blakely v. Washington (2004)
    289. Roper v. Simmons (2005)
    290. Kelo v. New London (2005)
    291. Gonzales v. Raich (2005)
    292. Sancho-Llamas v. Oregon (2006)
    293. Randall v. Sorrell (2006)
    294. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006)