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Essays on the Making of the Constitution

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Historians have engaged in a prolonged debate, that perhaps defies resolution, over the making of the Constitution. Were the framers enlightened, disinterested statesmen seeking to rescue a nation then drifting dangerously toward anarchy? Were they conspiratorial…
Emergence of a Free Press
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|March 29, 2004

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What did "freedom of the press" really mean to the framers of the First Amendment and their contemporaries? This masterful book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning constitutional historian answers that question. In Emergence of a Free Press (a greatly revised and…
A License To Steal: The Forfeiture Of Property

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Leonard Levy traces the development and implementation of forfeiture and contends that it is a questionable practice, which, because it is so often abused, serves only to undermine civil society. Arguing that civil forfeiture is unconstitutional, Levy provides…
The Palladium of Justice: Origins of Trial by Jury

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Trial by jury is the mainstay of the accusatorial system of criminal justice. Here one of our most distinguished constitutional scholars, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Levy, brings his formidable skills to bear in tracing the development of what many great…
Blasphemy: Verbal Offense Against The Sacred, From Moses To Salman Rushdie

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Leonard Levy traces the varied meanings of blasphemy throughout Western law. He argues that while past sanctions against the crime have inhibited all manner of cultural, political, scientific, and literary expression, we also pay a price for our extraordinary…
Ranters Run Amok: And Other Adventures in the History of the Law

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Origins of the Bill of Rights
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|February 8, 2001

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Americans resorted to arms in 1775 not to establish new liberties but to defend old ones, explains constitutional historian Leonard W. Levy in this fascinating history of the origins of the Bill of Rights. Unencumbered by a rigid class system, an arbitrary…
Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution
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|August 15, 2000

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For more than two hundred years a debate has raged between those who believe that jurists should follow the original intentions of the Founding Fathers and those who argue that the Constitution is a living document subject to interpretation by each succeeding…
Origins of the Fifth Amendment: The Right Against Self-incrimination

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history and a landmark in the study of constitutional origins, Leonard Levy's now-classic study appears for the first time in paperback. Origins probes the intentions of the framers of the Fifth Amendment and emphasizes their…
Law Of The Commonwealth And Chief Justice Shaw

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Through a critical study of Shaw's opinions, Levy sheds light on how his peers perceived rights, duties, and liabilities, the roles of government, and the nature of law itself. Overall, the opinions of Justice Shaw illuminate how liberty and order were…
The Establishment Clause: Religion And The First Amendment

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Leonard Levy's classic work examines the circumstances that led to the writing of the establishment clause of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." He argues that the framers of the Constitution intended to…
Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side

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In the most controversial analysis ever written of the apostle of American liberty, the distinguished constitutional historian Leonard W. Levy examines Jefferson's record on civil liberties and finds it strikingly wanting. Clearing away the saintliness that…