This, the concise edition of Liberty and Union, is an abridged constitutional history of the United States, designed for short single-semester courses, comprising the key topics from Volumes 1 and 2.
Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it successfully unites thorough chronological coverage with a thematic approach, offering critical analysis of core constitutional history topics, set in the political, social, and economic context that made them constitutional issues in the first place. Combining a thoughtful and balanced narrative with an authoritative stance on key issues, the authors deliberately explain the past in the light of the past, without imposing upon it the standards of later generations.
Authored by two experienced professors in the field, this concise edition presents seminal topics while retaining the narrative flow of the two full original volumes. An accessible alternative to dense scholarly works, this textbook avoids unnecessary technical jargon, defines legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and makes explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in a short undergraduate or postgraduate constitutional history course, or anyone with a general interest in constitutional developments, this book will be essential reading.
Useful features include:
Full glossary of legal terminology
A table of cases
Extracts from primary documents
Useful documents provided:
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
Constitution of the United States of America
Chronological list of Supreme Court justices
I. English and Colonial Origins II. Independence and Nationhood III. A More Perfect Union IV. Launching the New Government V. Jeffersonian Republicanism VI. John Marshall and Judicial Nationalism VII. Majority Rule and Sectional Rights VIII. More Power to the States IX. Slavery and the Constitution X. The Crisis of the Union XI. Reconstructing the Nation XII. Promises Betrayed XIII. Property Rights and Judicial Activism XIV. Progressivism and the New Nationalism XV. World War I and the Constitution XVI. Normalcy and Reaction XVII. The New Deal Revolution XVIII. The New Constitutionalism XIX. World War II and the Constitution XX. The Era of the Cold War XXI. Earl Warren Takes the Helm XXII. A Decade of Change and Progress XXIII. The New Judicial Activism XXIV. Nationalizing Criminal Due Process XXV. An Era of Discord and Crisis XXVI. Progress on First Amendment Rights XXVII. Civil Rights and Affirmative Action XXVIII. Protecting Individual Liberty XXIX. Criminal Due Process after Warren XXX. Civilizing the Death Penalty XXXI. Politics and the Constitution XXXII. The New Millennium XXXIII.The Roberts Court Recommended Reading Appendices Table of Cases