The Second Amendment: An Illustrated History by Robert McwhirterThe Second Amendment: An Illustrated History by Robert Mcwhirter

The Second Amendment: An Illustrated History

byRobert Mcwhirter

Paperback | June 22, 2017

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The Second Amendment "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." An imposition or a privilege? Does the Second Amendment to the Constitution confer a right, or impose a tax? The argument goes back and forth, on and on. This book takes a cool look at the historical and philosophical foundation that informed the Framers' writing, the political needs at the time the Amendment was written, and the way in which it has been construed by parties of all sides since. Robert McWhirter employs a witty, light touch that manages to relate the arguments around the Amendment to its interpretation in popular culture and belies the deep scholarship and research that underpins the work. This lively account is written for the interested citizen, as well as the civics student, and there are surprising, and interesting, discursions into the way the events and personalities surrounding the Second Amendment have appeared in literature, film, sports and popular culture. The book is part of a collection chronicling the origins, history, and interpretation, of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution - the Bill of Rights.
Robert McWhirter is an acknowledged authority on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on which he has written and lectured widely both to academic and legal audiences as well as civic institutions. His earlier work was published by the American Bar Association. He appears regularly on Arizona Public Television's Horizon program expl...
Title:The Second Amendment: An Illustrated HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.14 inPublished:June 22, 2017Publisher:Constitution PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1945682027

ISBN - 13:9781945682025

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Table of Contents

Making the Second Amendment; What to Make of the Gun History Mess; Arms in History: The Ancient World; Medieval England; Early Modern Arms & Changes in the Militia; Arms against Catholics in England; 1689 and Parliament's Insistence on a Right to Bear Arms; Colonial America: England vs Colonial Militias; Militias and the Minuteman Myth; Second Amendment: Gun Regulation at the Founding; Guns as a Tax; Guns and Slavery; The Self-defense Myth; Preventing Tyranny

Editorial Reviews

"Brilliant, in-depth, and entertaining history of our rights. The illustrations and manner in which history is presented makes the information easy to read and understand. .[A] go-to when I want to fact check what a politician is saying about the Framers. History lovers and non-history lovers will love it!"