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Constitutional scholar George Anastaplo believes that many judges and lawyers draw upon a skimpy, if not simply unreliable, knowledge of history. He proposes that in order to write reliable opinions, these men and women must have a deeper understanding of the enduring principles upon which the law naturally tends to draw. In the study of constitutional law, Anastaplo argues that it is more important to weigh what the Supreme Court has said and how that is said—what considerations it weighed and how—than it is to know what it is recorded that the Court “decided.” In Reflections on Constitutional Law, Anastaplo makes the case for a renewed focus on a now often-overlooked aspect of the study of law. He emphasizes the continuing significance and importance of the Constitution by thoroughly examining the most important influences on the American constitutional system, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence.

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  1. pp. i-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. 1. An Introduction to Constitutionalism
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  1. 2. Magna Carta (1215)
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  1. 3. The Declaration of Independence (1776)
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  1. 4. The Articles of Confederation (1776-1789); The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
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  1. 5. Emergence of the Constitution (1786-1791)
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  1. 6. Marbury v. Madison (1803)
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  1. 7. Swift v. Tyson (1842); Erie Railroad Company v. Tompkins (1938)
  2. pp. 40-46
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  1. 8. Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816); M'Culloch v. Maryland (1819)
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. 9. Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
  2. pp. 53-59
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  1. 10. Burdens on Interstate Commerce (1905-1981)
  2. pp. 60-66
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  1. 11. Missouri v. Holland (1920); Wickard v. Filburn (1942)
  2. pp. 67-73
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  1. 12. The Presidency and the Constitution
  2. pp. 74-80
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  1. 13. A Government of Enumerated Powers?
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. 1. Realism and the Study of Constitutional Law
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. 2. The Challenges of Skepticism for the Constitutionalist
  2. pp. 97-101
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  1. 3. Constitutionalism and the Common Law: The Erie Problem Reconsidered
  2. pp. 102-107
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  1. 4. The Confederate Constitution (1861-1865)
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  1. 5. The Japanese Relocation Cases (1943, 1944)
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  1. 6. Calder v. Bull (1798); Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
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  1. 7. Corfield v. Coryell (1823) and the Privileges and Immunities Puzzles
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  1. 8. The Slaugher-House Cases (1872): A False Start?
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  1. 9. The Civil Rights Cases (1883); Plessy v. Ferguson (1896): More Flase Starts?
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  1. 10. Shelly v. Kraemer (1948); Brown v. Board of Education (1954, 1955)
  2. pp. 146-152
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  1. 11. Affirmative Action and the Fourteenth Amendment
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. 12. San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973)
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  1. 13. Whose Votes Count for What--and When?
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. Appendix B
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  1. Appendix C
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  1. Appendix D
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  1. Appendix E
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  1. Appendix F
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  1. Appendix G
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  1. Appendix H
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  1. Appendix I
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  1. Appendix J
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813171340
Related ISBN
9780813123967
MARC Record
OCLC
70262613
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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