Recapturing the Spirit: Essays on the Bill of Rights at 200 (Paperback)Eric Neisser (author)
Paperback 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
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 231 x 149 x 20 mm
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