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Recapturing the Spirit: Essays on the Bill of Rights at 200 (Hardback)
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Recapturing the Spirit: Essays on the Bill of Rights at 200 (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 01/08/1991
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The principles of the Bill of Rights are timeless, but their interpretation and implementation must be updated constantly in a changing world. Eric Neisser shows how recent government actions and Supreme Court decisions threaten the spirit of liberty in this country. He challenges us to recapture that spirit by energetically ensuring fundamental rights for everyone in our society. A law professor, courtroom attorney, columnist, and civil rights advocate, Neisser knows what he is writing about. In clear non-technical language he presents intriguing cases and provocative arguments that will alternately enlighten, alarm, prod, and encourage all readers concerned with civil liberties as we enter the third century of the Bill of Rights. Following an overview of constitutional rights today, Recapturing the Spirit's essays focus on issues including free expression, privacy, discrimination, rights of the poor, the criminal process, and freedom of religion. Among the current controversies discussed are drug testing, flag burning, abortion, and the death penalty. A useful glossary helps untangle the legalese that obscures, more often than it illuminates, public debate. The foreword is written by Peter W. Rodino, Jr. , who was chair of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate crisis and a member of Congress for four decades.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780945612223
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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Recapturing the Spirit is a poignant reminder that the rights American citizens cherish require our attention, protection, and defense. No one will be able to read this book without developing a renewed sense of gratitute for the basic values incorporated and enshrined in the Bill of Rights. This book is a gift to renewed awareness of the meaning of freedom and rights. -- Barbara Jordan, Member of Congress (Texas), 1973-1979
This is a rare book-about our noblest law for even the humblest. Written by a tireless and unapologetic defender of civil liberties, it brings the Bill of Rights out on the streets and into the workplaces, schools, homes, and gathering places of ordinary people. Professor Neisser admirable succeeds in making us 'rethink the work of James Madison and his colleagues.'" -- Frank M. Coffin, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1965-
Professor Neisser is a devoted civil libertarian, and he conveys his humane concerns effectively and often eloquently. This book is a valuable and comprehensive work. His opening essay is a gem. -- Erwin Knoll, Editor, The Progressive
The task of educating the American people about the thrust and the meaning of the Constitution is unending. . . . That is why this intriguing collection of essays is so urgently important. . . . Professor Neisser has given us a book which is clear, cogent, and compelling. -- Father Robert F. Drinan, Member of Congress (Massachusetts), 1971-1981
Eric Neisser is a born story-teller, and these stories about life in the ragged front lines of civil liberties will excite anyone who cares about justice and injustice in the United States. -- Norman Dorsen, President of the ACLU, 1976-1991

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