Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States, concise edition

Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States, concise edition

by Edgar J. McManus, Tara Helfman

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This, the concise edition of Liberty and Union, is an abridged constitutional history of the United States, designed for short single-semester courses, comprising the key topics from Volumes 1 and 2.

Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it successfully unites thorough chronological coverage with a thematic approach, offering critical analysis of core constitutional history topics, set in the political, social, and economic context that made them constitutional issues in the first place. Combining a thoughtful and balanced narrative with an authoritative stance on key issues, the authors deliberately explain the past in the light of the past, without imposing upon it the standards of later generations.

Authored by two experienced professors in the field, this concise edition presents seminal topics while retaining the narrative flow of the two full original volumes. An accessible alternative to dense scholarly works, this textbook avoids unnecessary technical jargon, defines legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and makes explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in a short undergraduate or postgraduate constitutional history course, or anyone with a general interest in constitutional developments, this book will be essential reading.

Useful features include:

  • Full glossary of legal terminology
  • Recommended reading
  • A table of cases
  • Extracts from primary documents
  • Companion website


Useful documents provided:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitution of the United States of America
  • Chronological list of Supreme Court justices

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781136757235
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 728
File size: 9 MB

Table of Contents

I. English and Colonial Origins
II. Independence and Nationhood
III. A More Perfect Union
IV. Launching the New Government
V. Jeffersonian Republicanism
VI. John Marshall and Judicial Nationalism
VII. Majority Rule and Sectional Rights
VIII. More Power to the States
IX. Slavery and the Constitution
X. The Crisis of the Union
XI. Reconstructing the Nation
XII. Promises Betrayed
XIII. Property Rights and Judicial Activism
XIV. Progressivism and the New Nationalism
XV. World War I and the Constitution
XVI. Normalcy and Reaction
XVII. The New Deal Revolution
XVIII. The New Constitutionalism
XIX. World War II and the Constitution
XX. The Era of the Cold War
XXI. Earl Warren Takes the Helm
XXII. A Decade of Change and Progress
XXIII. The New Judicial Activism
XXIV. Nationalizing Criminal Due Process
XXV. An Era of Discord and Crisis
XXVI. Progress on First Amendment Rights
XXVII. Civil Rights and Affirmative Action
XXVIII. Protecting Individual Liberty
XXIX. Criminal Due Process after Warren
XXX. Civilizing the Death Penalty
XXXI. Politics and the Constitution
XXXII. The New Millennium
XXXIII.The Roberts Court
Recommended Reading      
Table of Cases

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