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AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Volumes I and II, combines cases, decisions, and authorial commentary to make the texts a perfect instructional choice. These comprehensive volumes cover the entire range of topics in constitutional law. Each of the chapters includes an extended essay providing the legal, historical, political, and cultural contexts for the set of edited decisions from the United States Supreme Court case that follows. In selecting, editing, and updating the materials, the authors emphasize recent trends in major areas of constitutional interpretation. At the same time, the authors include many landmark decisions, some of which retain importance as precedents while others illustrate the transient nature of constitutional interpretation. Because the book provides a good balance of decisions and authorial commentary, this text appeals to instructors of law as well as instructors of political science.
- New! Cases have been updated and new cases have been added to reflect major Supreme Court decisions in the last five years have been added.
- New! Case-in-Point boxes are concise summaries of cases that illustrate key concepts.
- New! Supreme Court Perspective boxes provide brief excerpts from important Supreme Court decisions pertaining to specific issues of criminal law and procedure.
- New! Legal Foundations boxes provide historical background on key concepts pertaining to constitutional law.
- New! Sidebars furnish relevant information without disrupting the flow of the text.
- New! The website has been updated with additional cases not found in the book.
- New! The instructor's manual has been updated with new test questions and new sections on how to introduce a lecture topic to the class.
- New! The student website now contains tutorial quizzes, glossaries, crossword puzzles, and flashcards, all correlated by chapter.
- Not merely a casebook, this comprehensive textbook caters to undergraduate constitutional law students by providing historical and biographical background information that is crucial to understanding the principle that is set in each case.
- Dissenting and concurring opinions are included to reveal the political struggle among Justices.
- A companion Web site includes links to Supreme Court archive of cases—giving students the freedom to explore additional cases while offering instructors the chance to take their course beyond the textbook.
- Pedagogy includes key terms, part-ending summaries, which help keep the student on track as they read through each chapter and suggested Internet resources to encourage further study.
- This edition includes acknowledgement of all, or nearly all, of the Court's consequential decisions made in the last five years.
1. The Supreme Court in the Constitutional System.
2. Congress and the Development of National Power.
3. Constitutional Underpinnings of the Presidency.
4. The Constitution and the Complexities of Modern Governance
5. The Dynamics of the Federal System.
"Extremely well-written, and the language is crisp and clear. The introductory material for each section, in particular, is noteworthy."-- Patricia Gormley, Florida International University
"Easy to understand, great introduction to chapters, very student friendly."-- Kimberly Hutson, Norfolk State University