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Edward S. Corwin's Constitution and What It Means Today - Edward S. Corwin

Edward S. Corwin's Constitution and What It Means Today

Paperback Published: 21st October 1978
ISBN: 9780691027586
Number Of Pages: 696

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For over seventy-five years Edward S. Corwin's text has been a basic reference in the study of U.S. Constitutional Law. The 14th edition, the first new edition since 1973, brings the volume up to date through 1977.

In this classic work, historian Edward Corwin presented the text of the U.S. Constitution along with his own commentary on its articles, sections, clauses, and amendments. Corwin was a renowned authority on constitutional law and jurisprudence, and was hired at Princeton University by Woodrow Wilson in 1905.

Far from being an impersonal textbook, Corwin's edition was full of opinion. Not afraid to express his own strong views of the development of American law, Corwin offered piquant descriptions of the debates about the meaning of clauses, placing recent decisions of the court "in the familiar setting of his own views." The favor of his style is evident in his comments on judicial review ("American democracy's way of covering its bet") and the cabinet ("an administrative anachronism" that should be replaced by a legislative council "whose daily salt does not come from the Presidential table").

Corwin periodically revised the book for nearly forty years, incorporating into each new edition his views of new Supreme Court rulings and other changes in American law. Although Corwin intended his book for the general public, his interpretations always gained the attention of legal scholars and practitioners. The prefaces he wrote to the revised editions were often controversial for the views he offered on the latest developments of constitutional law, and the book only grew in stature and recognition.

After his death in 1963, other scholars prepared subsequent editions, fourteen in all.

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FrontMatter, pg. iPREFACE, pg. viiCONTENTS, pg. ixSome Judicial Diversities, pg. xiiiTHE PREAMBLE, pg. 1ARTICLE I. THE NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE POWERS, pg. 5ARTICLE II. THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE POWER, pg. 148ARTICLE III. THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL POWER, pg. 204ARTICLE IV. THE FEDERAL ARTICLE, pg. 246ARTICLE V. THE AMENDING POWER, pg. 268ARTICLE VI. THE SUPREMACY OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT WITHIN ITS ASSIGNED FIELD, pg. 272ARTICLE VII. THE SCHEDULE, pg. 284Purpose of, pg. 285AMENDMENT I. Freedom of Worship, Speech, Press, and Assembly, pg. 286AMENDMENTS II AND III. The Right to Bear Arms and Ban on Quartering Soldiers on Householders, pg. 340AMENDMENT IV. Ban on "Unreasonable Searches and Seizures", pg. 341AMENDMENT V. The Grand Jury Process, Rights of Accused Persons, the "Due Process of Law" and "Just Compensation" Clauses, pg. 368AMENDMENT VI. Trial by Jury, Further Rights of Accused Persons, pg. 404AMENDMENT VII. Trial by Jury in Civil Cases, pg. 427AMENDMENT VIII. No "Cruel and Unusual Punishments", pg. 432AMENDMENT IX. General Reservation of Fundamental Rights, pg. 440AMENDMENT X. The Reserved Powers of the States, pg. 442AMENDMENT XI. The National Judicial Power Curbed in Relation to the States, pg. 448AMENDMENT XII. The Procedure of Electing the President Altered, pg. 452AMENDMENT XIII. Slavery Abolishe, pg. 455AMENDMENT XIV. Civil Rights versus the States, pg. 460AMENDMENT XV. Negro Suffrage, pg. 532AMENDMENT XVI. Power of Congress to Tax Incomes, pg. 539AMENDMENT XVII. Popular Election of Senators, pg. 543AMENDMENT XVIII. National Prohibition, pg. 544AMENDMENT XIX. Woman Suffrage, pg. 545AMENDMENT XX. Inauguration of the President and the Assembling of Congress Put Forward, Succession to the Presidency Further Provided for, pg. 546AMENDMENT XXI. National Prohibition Repealed, pg. 548AMENDMENT XXII. Anti-Third Term, pg. 550AMENDMENT XXIII. Presidential Electors for District of Columbia, pg. 551AMENDMENT XXIV. Qualifications of Electors; Poll Tax, pg. 551AMENDMENT XXV. Succession to Presidency and Vice- Presidency; Disability of President, pg. 552AMENDMENT XXVI. Right to Vote; Citizens Eighteen Years of Age or Older, pg. 555PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, pg. 557EPILOGUE, pg. 560TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION, pg. 562TABLE OF CASES, pg. 583INDEX, pg. 645

ISBN: 9780691027586
ISBN-10: 0691027587
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 696
Published: 21st October 1978
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 15.39  x 3.73
Weight (kg): 0.96
Edition Number: 14