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The revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer

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The revolutionary Constitution
Title
The revolutionary Constitution
Statement of responsibility
David J. Bodenhamer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The framers of the Constitution chose their words carefully when they wrote of a more perfect union--not absolutely perfect, but with room for improvement. Indeed, we no longer operate under the same Constitution as that ratified in 1788, or even the one completed by the Bill of Rights in 1791--because we are no longer the same nation. In The Revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer provides a comprehensive new look at America's basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, he notes, was the product of the first modern revolution, and revolutions are, by definition, moments when the past shifts toward an unfamiliar future, one radically different from what was foreseen only a brief time earlier. In seeking to balance power and liberty, the framers established a structure that would allow future generations to continually readjust the scale. Bodenhamer explores this dynamic through seven major constitutional themes: federalism, balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. With each, he takes a historical approach, following their changes over time. For example, the framers wrote multiple protections for property rights into the Constitution in response to actions by state governments after the Revolution. But twentieth-century courts--and Congress--redefined property rights through measures such as zoning and the designation of historical landmarks (diminishing their commercial value) in response to the needs of a modern economy. The framers anticipated just such a future reworking of their own compromises between liberty and power. With up-to-the-minute legal expertise and a broad grasp of the social and political context, this book is a tour de force of Constitutional history and analysis"--
  • "In The Revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer provides a comprehensive new look at America's basic law, integrating the latest legal scholarship with historical context to highlight how it has evolved over time. The Constitution, he notes, was the product of the first modern revolution, and revolutions are, by definition, moments when the past shifts toward an unfamiliar future, one radically different from what was foreseen only a brief time earlier. In seeking to balance power and liberty, the framers established a structure that would allow future generations to continually readjust the scale. Bodenhamer explores this dynamic through seven major constitutional themes: federalism, balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. With each, he takes a historical approach, following their changes over time. For example, the framers wrote multiple protections for property rights into the Constitution in response to actions by state governments after the Revolution. But twentieth-century courts--and Congress--redefined property rights through measures such as zoning and the designation of historical landmarks (diminishing their commercial value) in response to the needs of a modern economy. The framers anticipated just such a future reworking of their own compromises between liberty and power"--
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Bodenhamer, David J
Dewey number
346.7302/3
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4541
LC item number
.B63 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • USA
  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
  • United States
  • HISTORY
  • LAW
  • Constitutional history
  • Constitutional law
  • Politics and government
  • United States
  • Verfassung
  • Verfassungsrecht
  • Verfassungsauslegung
  • USA
  • Grundlagar
  • Historia constitucional
  • Derecho constitucional
  • Estados Unidos
Label
The revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=35862
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Antecedents -- Revolution -- Mechanics -- Federalism -- Balance -- Property -- Representation -- Equality -- Rights -- Security
Control code
ocn730413885
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9780195378337
Lccn
2011031493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195378337
  • (OCoLC)730413885
Label
The revolutionary Constitution, David J. Bodenhamer
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=35862
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Antecedents -- Revolution -- Mechanics -- Federalism -- Balance -- Property -- Representation -- Equality -- Rights -- Security
Control code
ocn730413885
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9780195378337
Lccn
2011031493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195378337
  • (OCoLC)730413885

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