Best General Constitutional Law Books
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1. Critical Race Theory (Third Edition): An Introduction (Critical America, 20)
Author: by Richard Delgado
Updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, the presidency of Barack Obama, the rise of hate speech on the Internet, and moreSince the publication of the first edition of Critical Race Theory in 2001, the United States has lived through two economic downturns, an outbreak of terrorism, and the onset of an epidemic of hate directed against immigrants, especially undocumented Latinos and Middle Eastern people.
On a more hopeful note, the country elected and re-elected its first black president and has witnessed the impressive advance of gay rights. As a field, critical race theory has taken note of all these developments, and this primer does so as well.
It not only covers a range of emerging new topics and events, it also addresses the rise of a fierce wave of criticism from right-wing websites, think tanks, and foundations, some of which insist that America is now colorblind and has little use for racial analysis and study.
Critical Race Theory is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries. The new edition also covers the ways in which other societies and disciplines adapt its teachings and, for readers wanting to advance a progressive race agenda, includes new questions for discussion, aimed at outlining practical steps to achieve this objective.
2. The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840
Author: by Akhil Reed Amar
Basic Books (May 4, 2021)
A history of the American Constitution’s formative decades from a preeminent legal scholarWhen the US Constitution won popular approval in 1788, it was the culmination of thirty years of passionate argument over the nature of government. But ratification hardly ended the conversation.
For the next half century, ordinary Americans and statesmen alike continued to wrestle with weighty questions in the halls of government and in the pages of newspapers. Should the nation’s borders be expanded? Should America allow slavery to spread westward?
What rights should Indian nations hold? What was the proper role of the judicial branch? In The Words that Made Us, Akhil Reed Amar unites history and law in a vivid narrative of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted, and he expertly assesses the answers they offered.
His account of the document’s origins and consolidation is a guide for anyone seeking to properly understand America’s Constitution today.
3. The Constitution of the United States of America: The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights
Author: by Founding Fathers
This book is a public collection of the three original documents in the founding of the United States of America and include, the Declaration of Independence, The Constitutions, and the Bill of Rights. Combined these documents are excellent primary historical sources for the American Revolution and the formation of the new republican state.
The Constitution of the United States of America is the ultimate law of the country. The document embodies the doctrine of the separations of the executive powers of the federal government. The Declaration of Independence outlines the grievances of the Thirteen Colonies and explains why they are at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It was signed by representatives of all original Thirteen Colonies. The Bill of Rights records the first ten amendments or additions to the United States Constitution, written after the successful American Revolution, and the creation of the republican government. The Bill of Rights added specific guarantees of political rights and personal freedoms to the original Constitution.
4. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence: The Constitution of the United States of America
Author: by The Founding Fathers
How often have people claimed that a certain thing was in the Constitution and you’ve wanted to pull out a copy to show them what this incredible document really says? This is the book you want to keep with you at all times: the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the two documents that are the backbone of United States government.
Reading them as they were written is a must for every American. Regular reading is required for any historian or member of the legal profession, and a good idea for all Americans. Acclaimed Constitutional scholar Paul Skousen, author of How to Read the Constitution, frames this simple text with a brief preface and a summary of important facts about these two documents, including important dates, for the ultimate quick reference.
Throughout the text of the Constitution, he provides a clear guide to parts that became invalid due to later amendments, making the current meaning clear. Without intruding on the meaning, Skousen gives you a great tool for understanding our most basic principles of good government.
5. Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty
Author: by Ken Starr
What was unfathomable in the first two decades of the twenty-first century has become a reality. Religious liberty, both in the United States and across the world, is in crisis. As we navigate the coming decades, We the People must know our rights more than ever, particularly as it relates to the freedom to exercise our religion.
Armed with a proper understanding of this country’s rich tradition of religious liberty, we can protect faith through any crisis that comes our way. Without that understanding, though, we’ll watch as the creeping secular age erodes our freedom. In this book, Ken Starr explores the crises that threaten religious liberty in America.
He also examines the ways well-meaning government action sometimes undermines the religious liberty of the people, and how the Supreme Court in the past has ultimately provided us protection from such forms of government overreach. He also explores the possibilities of future overreach by government officials.
The reader will learn how each of us can resist the quarantining of our faith within the confines of the law, and why that resistance is important. Through gaining a deep understanding of the Constitutional importance of religious expression, Starr invites the reader to be a part of protecting those rights of religious freedom and taking a more active role in advancing the cause of liberty.
6. Constitutional Law [Connected Casebook] (Aspen Casebook)
Author: by Erwin Chemerinsky
Buy a new version of this Connected Casebook and receive access to the online e-book, practice questions from your favorite study aids, and an outline tool on CasebookConnect, the all in one learning solution for law school students. CasebookConnect offers you what you need most to be successful in your law school classes portability, meaningful feedback, and greater efficiency.
A leading text by a prominent scholar, Constitutional Law is known for its concise, yet comprehensive presentation. Professor Chemerinsky’s distinctive approach for the Sixth Edition presents the law solely through case excerpts and his own essays. With the author’s context and background information, the law becomes more readily understood.
A flexible organization accommodates a variety of course structures; no chapter assumes that students have read preceding material. New to the Sixth Edition: New cases decided since the Fifth Edition, including those on partisan gerrymandering, the travel ban, state action, freedom of speech, and the religion clauses Significant reorganizations of some of the chapters (including chapters on federal limits on state power and the religion clauses) Professors and students will benefit from: Renowned authorship Concise, yet comprehensive presentation Distinctive approach presents the law solely through case excerpts and author-written essays Straightforward, accessible writing style that provides context and background information for greater understanding Flexible organizationno chapter assumes that students have read the rest Cases and materials have been edited to be as ideologically neutral as possible Teaching materials include: Teacher’s Manual CasebookConnect features: ONLINE E-BOOK Law school comes with a lot of reading, so access your enhanced e-book anytime, anywhere to keep up with your coursework.
7. The Supremes' Greatest Hits, 2nd Revised & Updated Edition: The 44 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life
Author: by Michael G. Trachtman Esq.
Can the government seize your house to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what control you have over your own body? Can police search your cellphone? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court, whose rulings have shaped American life and justice and allowed Americans to retain basic freedoms such as privacy, free speech, and the right to a fair trial.
Especially relevant in light of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, as President Obama gears for a fight over nominating his successor, and as we prepare to elect a new president who may get to appoint other justices, the revised and updated edition of Michael G.
Trachtman’s page-turner includes ten important new cases from 2010 to 2015. In addition, a special section features analyses of the new term rulings planned for June 2016. The new cases include:Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), which restricts the right of governments to limit campaign contributions by corporations and unions; Burwell v.
8. Bill of Rights: with Writings that Formed Its Foundation (Books of American Wisdom)
Author: by James Madison
Collectively known as the United States Bill of Rights, these first ten amendments to the United States Constitution limit the powers of the federal government and protect the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory. Introduced in 1789 in the First United States Congress by James Madison, these amendments came into effect on December 15, 1791, when ratified by three-fourths of the states.
This document plays a central role in American law and remains to this day a symbol of the freedoms and culture of this nation. In this beautiful gift edition, the text of the Bill of Rights is set alongside a history of the amendments, thus placing the document in its historical context.
9. The Cult of the Constitution
Author: by Mary Anne Franks
Stanford University Press
In this controversial and provocative book, Mary Anne Franks examines the thin line between constitutional fidelity and constitutional fundamentalism. The Cult of the Constitution reveals how deep fundamentalist strains in both conservative and liberal American thought keep the Constitution in the service of white male supremacy.
Constitutional fundamentalists read the Constitution selectively and self-servingly. Fundamentalist interpretations of the Constitution elevate certain constitutional rights above all others, benefit the most powerful members of society, and undermine the integrity of the document as a whole. The conservative fetish for the Second Amendment (enforced by groups such as the NRA) provides an obvious example of constitutional fundamentalism; the liberal fetish for the First Amendment (enforced by groups such as the ACLU) is less obvious but no less influential.
Economic and civil libertarianism have increasingly merged to produce a deregulatory, “free-market” approach to constitutional rights that achieves fullest expression in the idealization of the Internet. The worship of guns, speech, and the Internet in the name of the Constitution has blurred the boundaries between conduct and speech and between veneration and violence.
10. Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, Fifth Edition
Author: by Jay M. Feinman
Oxford University Press
In this fifth edition of his bestselling classic, Jay Feinman provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the American legal system. In the years since the publication of the fourth edition, there have been many important developments on the legal front.
The Supreme Court has issued important decisions on presidential powers, freedom of religion, and personal liberty. Police shootings and the rise of Black Lives Matter has impacted the court system too. The rise of arbitration at the expense of jury trials has affected the rights of consumers, and internet law remains in a state of constant change.
This fully updated fifth edition of Law 101 accounts for all these developments and more, as Feinman once again provides a clear introduction to American law. The book covers all the main subjects taught in the first year of law school, and discusses every facet of the American legal tradition, including constitutional law, the litigation process, and criminal, property, and contracts law.
11. The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings (Leather-bound Classics)
Author: by Editors of Thunder Bay Press
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union …The U. S ConstitutionThe U.S. Constitution and Other Writings is part of the Leather-bound Classics series and is a collection of the crucial documents, speeches, and other writings that shaped the United States.
In addition to the Constitution, readers can review the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, important presidential speeches, and many others. Both famous and lesser-known, but equally important, Americans are represented, including Benjamin Franklin, Victoria Woodhull, Frederick Douglass, Susan B.
Anthony, and even the creators of the rules of baseball. The founders’ inspirational and revolutionary ideals are all here, and this is a perfect volume for anyone who finds the history of America to be a fascinating and enlightening journey.
12. Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual
Author: by John Boston
Oxford University Press
Prisoners’ Self Help Litigation Manual, in its much anticipated fourth edition, is an indispensable guide for prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents.
Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner’s rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important information concerning legal rights.
Over the past decade, prison law and conditions have changed significantly. This new edition is updated to include the most relevant prisoners’ rights topics and approaches to litigation. Updates include all aspects of prison life as well as material on legal research, legal writing, types of legal remedies, and how to effectively use those remedies.
13. "Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People": And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control
Author: by Dennis A. Henigan
June 28, 2016
A must-read for every American who longs to bring sanity to our nation’s gun laws, this book debunks the lethal logic behind the myths that have framed the gun control debate (Ariana Huffington, co-founder of HuffingtonPost)The gun lobby’s remarkable success in using engaging slogans to frame the gun control debate has allowed it to block lifesaving gun legislation for decades.
But is there any truth to this bumper-sticker logic? Dennis Henigan exposes the mythology and misguided thinking at the core of these pro-gun catchphrases, which continue to have an outsized influence on public attitudes toward guns and gun control. He counters the gun lobby’s messages by weaving together the most compelling current research and insights drawn from the grim reality of deadly gunfire in our homes and communities.
Henigan charts a new path toward ending the American nightmare of gun violence. Pro-Gun Myths Include:When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. An armed society is a polite society. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
14. An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know
Author: by Randy E. Barnett
This multimedia platform combines a book and video series that will change the way you study constitutional law. An Introduction to Constitutional Law teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries. All students even those unfamiliar with American history will learn the essential background information to grasp how this body of law has come to be what it is today.
An online library of sixty-three videos (access codes provided with purchase of the book) brings the Supreme Court s one hundred most important decisions to life. These videos are enriched by photographs, maps, and even audio from the Supreme Court.
The book and videos are accessible for all levels: law school, college, high school, home school, and independent study. Students can read and watch these materials before class to prepare for lectures or study after class to fill in any gaps in their notes.
And, come exam time, students can watch the entire canon of constitutional law in about twelve hours.
15. How to Read the Constitution–and Why
Author: by Kim Wehle
“A must-read for this era. Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent An insightful, urgent, and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, and how its protections are eroding before our eyesessential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.
The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In How to Read the Constitution-and Why, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means.
In compelling terms and including text from the United States Constitution, she describes how the Constitution’s protections are erodingnot only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacyand why every American needs to heed to this red flag moment in our democracy.
16. How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence
Author: by Paul B. Skousen
Have you ever wanted to read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and really understand what they’re saying? Millions of others have too. But getting a real understanding of the legal language of 200 years ago can be challenging and as a result, few Americans know these important documents as well as they should.
Recognizing this, Paul Skousen has written exactly the book you’ve been looking for. It’s an easy, step-by-step guide that makes these documents come alive. With his help you will be able to read them with purpose, with understanding, and with clarity.
Skousen provides several valuable memory aids for you to master the Constitution’s seven Articles and the 27 important rights named in the Bill of Rights. You will be able to navigate through the Declaration’s five power statements on freedom, and unlock their 18th century phrases with a convenient glossary.
You will find the answers to ten popular myths about the Constitution, and discover how its guiding principles protect human rights. Thousands of books describe the origins of these famous documents, but only one book gives you a place to start reading them made easier in How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.