The Constitution of the United States: Text, Structure, History, and Precedent
July 06, 2010
Bibliography: Michael Stokes Paulsen, Steven G. Calabresi, Michael W. McConnell & Samuel L. Bray, The Constitution of the United States: Text, Structure, History, and Precedent, New York: Foundation Press, 2010.
This casebook emphasizes the text, structure, and history of the Constitution—not merely the Supreme Court's most recent cases. This book is unique among constitutional law textbooks in that it is organized by the Constitution's text and structure; it uses "great cases" as paradigms for learning the major issues in constitutional law; it stresses the task of interpretation, including the interpretation of the Constitution by the political branches; and it gives attention to neglected features of our Constitution and constitutional history, including slavery, Article IV, the constitutional amendment process, the whole of the Bill of Rights, and matters of republicanism and representation.