By Akhil Reed Amar
In The legislation of the Land, popular criminal pupil Akhil Reed Amar illustrates how geography, federalism, and regionalism have motivated the various largest questions in American constitutional legislation. Writing approximately Illinois, the land of Lincoln,” Amar exhibits how our 16th president’s principles approximately secession have been encouraged by means of his Midwestern upbringing and outlook. All of today’s ideally suited court docket justices, Amar notes, realized their legislation within the Northeast, and New Yorkers of varied varieties dominate the judiciary as by no means sooner than. The curious Bush v. Gore determination, Amar insists, needs to be assessed with cautious realization to Florida legislations and the Florida structure. the second one modification seems to be in a very fascinating gentle, he argues, whilst seen from the point of view of Rocky Mountain cowboys and cowgirls.
Propelled by means of Amar’s distinctively clever, lucid, and fascinating prose, those essays permit common readers to work out the ancient roots of, and modern strategies to, many very important constitutional questions. The legislations of the Land illuminates our nation’s historical past and politics, and indicates how America’s a variety of neighborhood components healthy jointly to shape a grand federal framework.
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Nor was the document opaque about the fundamental issue of future secession. ” The phrase “perfect union” had a special resonance and a specific meaning in 1787. ” This act was plainly understood to preclude unilateral Scottish secession, and was so explained by Blackstone’s Commentaries, which were widely read in America. In The Federalist No. 5, John Jay (writing under the pen name “Publius”) explicitly invoked the 1707 act and its “perfect union” backdrop as the template for the proposed Constitution; and in The Federalist No.
We got there. Contents Preface PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETERS 1. ILLINOIS: Abraham Lincoln and the American Union 2. ALABAMA: Hugo Black and the Hall of Fame 3. NEW YORK: Robert Jackson and the Judicialization of the Judiciary 4. CALIFORNIA: Anthony Kennedy and the Ideal of Equality PART II: CONSTITUTIONAL CASES 5. KANSAS: Living in the Shadow of Brown v. Board 6. IOWA: Rereading Tinker v. Des Moines 7. FLORIDA: Getting to the Bottom of Bush v. Gore PART III: CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS AND PRINCIPLES 8.
Part III ponders various structural principles involving presidential selection and succession and then parses a couple of constitutional provisions that usually get people’s juices flowing—the Second and Fourth Amendments. At the end of this transcontinental tour, I pull my individual stories together in a Conclusion that explains how the various chapters fit into a larger and distinctly American mosaic of federalism—a mosaic reflecting subtle constitutional variation from state to state and across broader geographic regions.