The law of the land : a grand tour of our constitutional republic / Akhil Reed Amar.
New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xii, 357 pages ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Part I: Constitutional Interpreters Illinois: Abraham Lincoln and the American Union Alabama: Hugo Black and the Hall of Fame New York: Robert Jackson and the Judicialization of the Judiciary California: Anthony Kennedy and the Ideal of Equality Part II: Constitutional Cases Kansas: Living in the Shadow of Brown v. Board Iowa: Rereading Tinker v. Des Moines Florida: Getting to the Bottom of Bush v. Gore Part III: Constitutional Provisions and Principles Ohio: A Buckeye-State View of Presidents Without Mandates Texas: A Lone-Star View of Presidential Selection and Succession Wyoming: A Rocky-Mountain View of the Second Amendment Massachusetts: A Bay-State View of the Fourth Amendment New Jersey: Lord Camden Meets Federalism.
"From Illinois to Alabama, and from Florida to Utah, our laws and legal debates arise from distinctive local settings within our vast and varied nation. As the renowned scholar Akhil Amar explains, Abraham Lincoln's argument against the legality of succession can be traced to his Midwestern upbringing, just as a close look at the Florida legislature and state Supreme Court reveals the fundamental wrongness of the Bush v. Gore decision. Amar profiles Alabama's Hugo Black, the dominant constitutional jurist of the twentieth century, and California's Anthony Kennedy, the powerful swing justice on the current Court. He probes Brown v. Board of Education, and explores the divisiveness of the Second and Fourth Amendments. An expert guide to America's constitutional landscape, Amar sheds new light on American history and politics and shows how America's legal tradition unites a vast and disparate land. "-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-344) and index.
KF4530 .A437 2015
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