A course on constitutional law and civil liberties can be—and is—nothing less than an extended inquiry into the meaning of America. American Constitutional Law: Volume 2 Liberty, Community, and the Bill of Rights, newly revised by Donald P. Kommers, John E. Finn, and Gary J. Jacobsohn, is a casebook made for such an inquiry. True to the liberal arts tradition from which it emerges, it goes beyond the facts and rulings of the great cases in American constitutional law to engage important issues of political theory and the nature of our constitutional democracy. Although the focus is on American constitutional law, Kommers, Finn, and Jacobsohn break new ground by incorporating comparative materials that enrich the study of the American Constitution by challenging the reader to assess American constitutional values in light of other traditions and understandings of constitutional governance. In an era of constitutional globalization, this new edition of a distinguished text is essential to an appreciation of tradition and diversity. Volume 2 focuses on civil rights and basic freedoms and includes separate chapters on race and gender.
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Donald P. Kommers is Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Notre Dame University.
John E. Finn is professor of government at Wesleyan University.
Gary J. Jacobsohn is Patterson-Banister Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin.
I liked the first edition, but I think this edition is quite a bit stronger. . . . The new edition is the easiest reading book I've ever encountered, mainly because the introductory text is so thorough and incisive. The real strength of the book is that it is accessible for students to use without sacrificing depth or breadth in coverage. (Paul F. Mullen, Florida International University)
Attractive to those of us who teach constitutional law from the broader perspective of constitutionalism or political theory. I found the chapters particularly interesting in situating questions of constitutional law in this broader perspective, as well as being very good historically. . . .The most attractive feature is the comparative analysis. (George Thomas, University of Oklahoma)
The two volumes of American Constitutional Law correspond nicely to the general division of undergraduate constitutional law curriculum at many schools. (Law and Politics Book Review)
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