We the People, Volume 2: Transformations
By (author) Bruce A. Ackerman
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We the People, Volume 2: Transformations by Bruce A. Ackerman
Book DescriptionThis text argues that constitutional change, seemingly so orderly, formal, and refined, has in fact been a revolutionary process from the first. The Founding Fathers not being the genteel conservatives of myth, set America on a course of revolutionary disruption and constitutional creativity that endures at the close of the millennium. Citing examples like the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, the Great Depression and the New Dealers the author shows how the constitution was changed by these events. He demonstrates how the American people have confronted the Constitution in its moments of crisis with dramatic acts of upheaval, always in the name of popular sovereignty. The book also sets contemporary events, such as the Reagan revolution and "Roe versus Wade", in deeper constitutional perspective and considers fundamental reforms that might resolve them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674003972
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce A. Ackerman
We the People, Hardback (March 2014)
The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v Board of Education. Laws that ended Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth gained congressional approval only after the American people mobilized their support.
Decline and Fall of the American Republic, Paperback (September 2013)
Shows how the institutional dynamics of the last half-century have transformed the American presidency into a potential platform for political extremism and lawlessness.
Failure of the Founding Fathers, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Bruce A. Ackerman
The ink was barely dry on the Constitution when it was almost destroyed by the rise of political parties in the US. This book describes the aspects of electoral college crisis. It shows how Thomas Jefferson counted his Federalist rivals out of the House runoff, and how the Federalists threatened to place John Marshall in the presidential chair.
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Author Biography - Bruce A. Ackerman
Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.
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