Akhil Reed Amar
The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction
September 19, 2019 Comments.. 563
The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction Akhil Reed Amar Are the deep insights of Hugo Black, William Brennan, and Felix Frankfurter that have defined our cherished Bill of Rights fatally flawed With meticulous historical scholarship and elegant legal interpretation a leading scholar of Constitutional law boldly answers yes as he explodes conventional wisdom about the first ten amendments to the U.S Constitution in this incisiAre the deep insights of Hugo Black, William Brennan, and Felix Frankfurter that have defined our cherished Bill of Rights fatally flawed With meticulous historical scholarship and elegant legal interpretation a leading scholar of Constitutional law boldly answers yes as he explodes conventional wisdom about the first ten amendments to the U.S Constitution in this incisive new account of our most basic charter of liberty Akhil Reed Amar brilliantly illuminates in rich detail not simply the text, structure, and history of individual clauses of the 1789 Bill, but their intended relationships to each other and to other constitutional provisions Amar s corrective does not end there, however, for as his powerful narrative proves, a later generation of antislavery activists profoundly changed the meaning of the Bill in the Reconstruction era With the Fourteenth Amendment, Americans underwent a new birth of freedom that transformed the old Bill of Rights We have as a result a complex historical document originally designed to protect the people against self interested government and revised by the Fourteenth Amendment to guard minority against majority In our continuing battles over freedom of religion and expression, arms bearing, privacy, states rights, and popular sovereignty, Amar concludes, we must hearken to both the Founding Fathers who created the Bill and their sons and daughters who reconstructed it.Amar s landmark work invites citizens to a deeper understanding of their Bill of Rights and will set the basic terms of debate about it for modern lawyers, jurists, and historians for years to come.. The Bill of Rights Creation and Reconstruction Are the deep insights of Hugo Black William Brennan and Felix Frankfurter that have defined our cherished Bill of Rights fatally flawed With meticulous historical scholarship and elegant legal inter
  • Title: The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction
  • Author: Akhil Reed Amar
  • ISBN: 9780300082777
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Jacob Lines says:

      There is a serious problem in the way American law schools teach the constitution They break it into little pieces and study these pieces individually, in different courses They very rarely look at how the entire document is put together and how different parts relate to other parts and the whole That deficiency shows up in how lawyers and judges treat the constitution Professor Amar seeks to address this problem in this book, in which he looks at the entire Bill of Rights In Part I, Amar tries [...]

    2. Keith says:

      This is actually two books in one The first covers the original 10 well, actually 12 amendments and the second covers the post Civil War 14th Amendment Amar takes a holistic look at the Bill of Rights, showing how sections play off of each other and how important themes and words appear throught the Bill of Rights and the Constitution The first part discusses the background, the meaning sometimes parsing each word and questions raised by each of the first 12 amendments created by the first Congr [...]

    3. Rachel says:

      I didn t quite finish this before it was due back at the library, but I ll definitely pick it up again An exhaustively researched book that draws on the history and structure of the Constitution to challenge conventional thinking about whether certain rights belong to individuals or the collective people.

    4. Ginny says:

      Disappointing I don t read constitutional books every day and was looking for answers than questions and we wanted to learn what this writer thinks I ve seen him speak and know he is very thoughtful and has good insights to our constitution and bill of rights That was not evident from this book Here, the writer was interested in telling different interpretations of things which has a place but it shouldn t be the end of the discussion.

    5. Josh Muhlenkamp says:

      This book is not so much about the rights contained in the Bill of Rights speech, religion, searches and seizures, self incrimination, jury trials, and so on , and about the Bill itself, and what it means Amar examines the Bill from two different perspectives one of them is the perspective that is commonly referred to as originalism, although with a bit of a twist the other is the view of the Reconstructors.Basically, Amar sets out to refute the idea that the Founders perceived the Bill of Righ [...]

    6. Aaron Haberman says:

      With its deep textual analysis of the constitution and amendment debates, this is a book intended for mostly academic audiences, and one that lay audiences will have difficulty getting into That said, Amar is a superb scholar and he has offered some useful insights that academics and lay readers alike should chew on, particularly in light of ongoing debates about how to interpret the constitution Amar makes a convincing argument that the founders did not intend the Bill of Rights to be the great [...]

    7. Piker7977 says:

      Amar presents a solid narrative that involves two histories The first looks at the original ten amendments to the Constitution and what their context was during the creation The second history uses the Fourteenth Amendment as a prism which alters the meaning behind the original ten Excellent analysis is presented and conclusions about the changes, interpretations, and historical meanings are beneficial to the serious history reader or law enthusiast.This book is difficult for the layman however [...]

    8. Avel Deleon says:

      Akhil Reed Amar lays out The Bill Of Rights within the context of its historical foundation I don t know a better constitutional lawyer than Akhil He has the talent to grab various interpretations of the Bill Of Rights and piece them together into one cohesive theory.

    9. Brian Ridge says:

      This book was a bit heavier than I was expecting But if you can make it through the slog of copious references to obscure court cases and the author s peculiar writing style, it is worth a read I certainly learned a lot from it.

    10. Joshua says:

      Everything you know is wrong Sort of.

    11. April says:

      It may seem like a boring topic, but it s actually a pretty interesting read about the ammendents of our consitution.

    12. Dennis Stimson says:

      Well worth the time Thank you for writing this Mr Amar.

    13. Murphy Miller says:

      the founders wanted the jury was to watch ALL of us in the justice system

    14. Kotler says:

      The book every american should read.

    15. Brad says:

      Great history of the Bill of Rights, though the second half occasionally reads like a very long law review article.

    16. Eric Barger says:

      A really interesting analysis of the development of constitutional rights in the United States Led me to read other books by Amar.

    17. Craig Bolton says:

      The Bill of Rights Creation and Reconstruction by Akhil Reed Amar 2000

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