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viii, 307 pages : portrait ; 25 cm
  • The vision
  • A marathon, not a sprint : Vermont
  • One step forward, how many back? Massachusetts
  • A victory lost and regained : California
  • Losing forward : Maine
  • The end game : Windsor and Obergefell
  • One state at a time
  • Revisionist history
  • Federal forums
  • Supreme recognition
  • People power
  • "Completely hopeless"
  • Korematsu's legacy
  • At home abroad
  • Messages and messengers
  • Transformative transparency
  • The Obama difference.
How did gay and lesbian couples' right to marry go from unthinkable to inevitable? How did the individual right to bear arms, dismissed as fraudulent by Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1990, become a constitutional right in 2008? And what compelled President George W. Bush to rein in many of his initiatives in the war on terror before leaving office, even though past presidents have had a free hand in wartime? We are likely to answer that, in each case, the Supreme Court remade our nation's most fundamental law. Yet as the award-winning legal scholar David Cole argues in Engines of Liberty, citizen activists are the true drivers of constitutional change. Drawing on interviews with participants in the most successful rights movements of the last 30 years, he shows that time and again, associations of ordinary Americans confronting long odds have managed to transform the nation's highest law. And they have done so largely through advocacy outside the federal courts altogether. We witness marriage equality advocates in the 1980s and 1990s uniting behind a strategy of state-based incrementalism that paved the way for their historic Supreme Court victory. We see the NRA building a loyal and active membership base that can swing elections and influence state and federal law, thereby shaping the debate about guns at the Supreme Court. And we watch as civil liberties and human rights groups encourage foreign populations and governments to challenge the president when few domestic institutions would. Offering a new vision of the role we all play in shaping our Constitution and illuminating the tactics successful reform campaigns have employed, Engines of Liberty restores faith in the power of citizen activists to help shape our nation's future.
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Law Library (Crown)
xvii, 222 p. ; 23 cm
  • The incompatibility clause : separation of powers
  • The weights and measures clause : legislative powers
  • The recess appointment clause : presidential powers
  • The original jurisdiction clause : judicial powers
  • The natural born citizen clause : elected office for (almost) anyone!
  • The Twenty-first Amendment : federalism
  • The letters of marque and reprisal clause : foreign affairs
  • The title of nobility clauses : equality
  • The bill of attainder clauses : liberty
  • The Third Amendment : privacy.
"An innovative, insightful, and often humorous look at the Constitution's lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh approach to understanding our democracy. In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive background in constitutional law to shine a much-deserved light on some of the Constitution's lesser-known parts. For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution's "odd clauses" never make it to any court, and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms that teach from judicial decisions. Wexler delves into many of those more obscure passages, which he uses to illuminate the essence of our democratic process, including our tripartite government; the principles of equality, liberty, and privacy; and the integrity of our democracy"-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)