Constitutionalism and American Culture

Constitutionalism and American Culture

Writing the New Constitutional History

Book - 2002
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Taking their cue from the late Paul L. Murphy, one of our nation's leading legal historians, this illustrious group of scholars argues that the field of constitutional history is too important to be left solely to lawyers and judges. Their state-of-the-field volume reclaims constitutional history's rightful place as a vital and necessary part of our intellectual enterprise, in part by pushing the field onto fresh, even controversial, terrain. Much as Murphy has done, these scholars contend that this restoration is much needed and will greatly enrich judicial and public policy, advance a tradition of justice worthy of America's democratic aspirations, give due attention to cultural contexts, and, most importantly, afford Americans a richer understanding of their constitutional heritage. Their essays explore, for example, the ways in which previously excluded groups have come more fully into the Constitution's orbit of freedom, the ongoing importance of institutions and doctrines, and the ways in which theory and informal texts might enrich the field. How, they ask, might scholars take account of the lived experiences of litigants, reformers, and lawyers in the forging of constit
Publisher: Lawrence, KS : University Press of Kansas, c2002
ISBN: 9780700611539
0700611533
9780700611546
0700611541
Branch Call Number: 342.73029 C758a
342.73029 C758a
Characteristics: xxiv, 439 p. ; 24 cm

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