The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review

Paperback | August 9, 2006

byLarry D. Kramer

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In this groundbreaking interpretation of America's founding and of its entire system of judicial review, Larry Kramer reveals that the colonists fought for and created a very different system--and held a very different understanding of citizenship--than Americans believe to be the norm today."Popular sovereignty" was not just some historical abstraction, and the notion of "the people" was more than a flip rhetorical device invoked on the campaign trail. Questions of constitutional meaning provoked vigorous public debate and the actions of government officials were greeted withcelebratory feasts and bonfires, or riotous resistance. Americans treated the Constitution as part of the lived reality of their daily existence. Their self-sovereignty in law as much as politics was active not abstract.

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In this groundbreaking interpretation of America's founding and of its entire system of judicial review, Larry Kramer reveals that the colonists fought for and created a very different system--and held a very different understanding of citizenship--than Americans believe to be the norm today."Popular sovereignty" was not just some hist...

Larry Kramer is Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court and taught at the law schools of the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and New York University before moving to Stanford. He has written exte...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 5.71 × 8.9 × 0.91 inPublished:August 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306457

ISBN - 13:9780195306453

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Introduction - Popular Constitutionalism1. In Substance, and in Principle, the Same as It Was Heretofore: The Customary Constitution2. A Rule Obligatory Upon Every Department: The Origins of Judicial Review3. The Power under the Constitution Will Always Be in the People: The Making of the Constitution4. Courts, as Well as Other Departments, Are Bound by That Instrument: Accepting Judicial Review5. What Every True Republican Ought to Depend On: Rejecting Judicial Supremacy6. Notwithstanding This Abstract View: The Changing Context of Constitutional Law7. To Preserve the Constitution, as a Perpetual Bond of Union: The Lessons of Experience8. A Layman's Document, Not a Lawyer's Contract: The Continuing Struggle for Popular Constitutionalism9. As An American: Popular Constitutionalism, Circa 2004Epilogue - Judicial Review Without Judicial Supremacy

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"This book is perhaps the most important work of constitutional theory and history in a generation."--Mark Tushnet, author of Taking the Constitution Away from the Courts