America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Hardcover)
In this sequel to Americas Constitution: A Biography, Amar takes readers on a tour of our nations unwritten Constitution, showing how Americas foundational document cannot be understood in textual isolation. Proper constitutional interpretation depends on a variety of factors, such as the precedents set by early presidents and Congresses; common practices of modern American citizens; venerable judicial decisions; and particularly privileged sources of inspiration and guidance, including the Federalist papers, William Blackstones Commentaries on the Laws of England, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Lincolns Gettysburg Address, and Martin Luther King, Jr.s ?I Have a Dream speech. These diverse supplements are indispensible instruments for making sense of the written Constitution. When used correctly, these extra-textual aids support and enrich the written document without supplanting it.
An authoritative work by one of Americas preeminent legal scholars, Americas Unwritten Constitution presents a bold new vision of the American constitutional system, showing how the complementary relationship between the Constitutions written and unwritten components is one of Americas greatest and most enduring strengths.
|Genre||LAW / Constitutional|
|Publisher Date||2012-09-11 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||2.05 lb|
|Subtitle||The Precedents and Principles We Live By|
|Authors||Amar, Akhil Reed|
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