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We the People: The Foundation & Evolution of the U.S. Constitution

by James Madison, Helen M. Campbell, U.S. Congress & Center for Legislative Archives

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings...


The Debate That Made the Constitution of the United States

by James Madison

The Constitutional Convention took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The intention of many of its proponents, chief among them James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, was...


The Evolution of the U.S. Constitution

by James Madison, U.S. Congress , Center for Legislative Archives & Helen M. Campbell

James Madison introduced 12 amendments to the First Congress in 1789. Ten of these would go on to become what we now consider to be the Bill of Rights. One was never passed, while another dealing with Congressional...


Reflections on War and Peace and the Constitution

by George Anastaplo

This book connects diverse subjects that remind the reader of fundamental issues with respect to war/peace and politics. It examines the complications of efforts to develop public-policy measures dealing with...


Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

by Kenneth Good

Democratization is conceived as an unending struggle by the poor majority against the small elite of wealth, status, and power. This book is a critical, comparative, and global approach to the study of democratization...


Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

by Kerry L. Hunter

This book argues that, given the political power the Supreme Court enjoys today, the answer to preserving the separation of powers, democracy, and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to encourage...


The U.S. Constitution: Anti-Federalist Edition

by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine & John Adams et al.

The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America, and worthy of study. In formation though, the path to adoption was not without dissent: the Anti-Federalist movement...


The Moulding of Ukraine

by Kataryna Wolczuk

With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a number of new states were created that had little or no claim to any previous existence. Ukraine is one of the countries that faced not only political, social and...


The Supreme Court and the Constitution

by Charles A. Beard

A thorough analysis of the early history and development of judicial review, this book by a preeminent scholar ranks among the most cited and highly regarded texts on law and government.


Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty

by Randy E. Barnett

The U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court. In Restoring the Lost Constitution, Randy Barnett argues that since the nation's...


The Practice of Constitutional Development: Vincent Ostrom's Quest to Understand Human Affairs

by Mark Sproule-Jones, Barbara Allen, Filippo Sabetti & Audun Sandberg et al.

Each essay shows how particular countries, governments, and organizations devise constitutions to reflect their visions of governance and sets of rules for their leaders. Using the methods and writing of Vincent...


Reflections on Religion, the Divine, and the Constitution

by George Anastaplo

Connections are suggested among diverse subjects which can remind the reader both of fundamental issues with respect to religion and politics and of the complications of efforts to develop public-policy measures...


Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment: Enforcing Liberty and Equality in the States

by William B. Glidden

In Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment, William B. Glidden examines the misuse of the fourteenth amendment.


Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

by Ralph A. Rossum

Abraham Lincoln worried that the 'walls' of the constitution would ultimately be leveled by the 'silent artillery of time.' His fears materialized with the 1913 ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, which,...


Constitutional Debate in Action: Civil Rights and Liberties

by H. L. Pohlman

Taking into account the political and intellectual forces that shape Supreme Court decisions, Constitutional Debate in Action examines how and why the United States Constitution continues to grow and adapt to...


The Crown and Canadian Federalism

by D. Michael Jackson

Following Queen Elizabeth II's historic Diamond Jubilee in 2012, there is renewed interest in the institution of the Crown in Canada and the roles of the queen, governor general, and lieutenant governor. Author...


The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America's Founding Document

by Andrew E. Busch

The Constitution is the fundamental governing document of the United States. But to what extent do candidates and parties make constitutional arguments in the course of American elections? By examining party...


Justice in the United States: Human Rights and the Constitution

by Judith Blau & Alberto Moncada

All populations, including people living in the United States experience new vulnerabilities with globalization. Peoples' jobs are threatened; there are pressures to migrate; and environmental degradation is...


Colonial Constitutionalism: The Tyranny of United States' Offshore Territorial Policy and Relations

by Robert E. Statham Jr.

This book's focused case studies analyze each of America's quasi-colonies, revealing how the perpetuation of a this 'imperialist' strategy has rendered the inhabitants second class citizens.


Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents

by Vincent Phillip Munoz

Throughout American history, legal battles concerning the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty have been among the most contentious issue of the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution....