xxi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9781440832338 hardback alkaline paper 1440832331 hardback alkaline paper 9781440832345 (ebook) 144083234X (ebook)
"The Bill of Rights--the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution--are widely misunderstood by many Americans. This book explores the widely held myths about the Bill of Rights, how these myths originated, why they have persisted, and the implications for contemporary politics and policy"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-230) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The Bill of Rights and the myth of individual freedom Equally and for everyone? Protecting citizens against the federal government The myth of unlimited free speech: Limited Freedom of expression the american way The myth of a free and independent press The myth of a christian nation The establishment clause: Misreading or myth? The right to bear arms and the myth of gun ownership: Guarding against tyranny, not your neighbor Procedural due process and the myth of constitutional loopholes as criminal protection The right to privacy and the myth of government surveillance: Why wer believe in privacy but let government into our homes Protections against cruel and unusual punishment and the myth that killing isn't cruel (or Unusual) Conclusion: Bringing the frog of citizenship to a slow boil.
KF4749 .G65 2015
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger,