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Constitutional Law for a Changing America
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America
Rights, Liberties, and Justice

Eleventh Edition


August 2021 | 744 pages | CQ Press
Political factors influence judicial decisions. Arguments and input from lawyers and interest groups, shifting public opinion, and the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices collectively influence the development of constitutional doctrine. In Constitutional Law for a Changing America, bestselling authors Lee Epstein, Kevin T. McGuire, and Thomas G. Walker draw on both political science and legal studies to analyze and excerpt cases, accounting for recent landmark court decisions, including key opinions handed down through the 2020 term.  

Updated with additional material such as recent court rulings, more than 500 supplemental cases, and greater coverage of freedom of expression, this Eleventh Edition will develop students’ understanding of how the U.S. Constitution protects civil rights and liberties.

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PART I • THE SUPREME COURT AND THE CONSTITUTION
 
CHAPTER 1 • Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court
 
CHAPTER 2 • The Judiciary: Institutional Powers and Constraints
 
CHAPTER 3 • Incorporation of the Bill of Rights
 
PART II • CIVIL LIBERTIES
 
CHAPTER 4 • Religion: Exercise and Establishment
 
CHAPTER 5 • Foundations of Freedom of Expression
 
CHAPTER 6 • Modern-Day Approaches to Free Expression
 
CHAPTER 7 • Freedom of the Press
 
CHAPTER 8 • The Boundaries of Free Expression: Libel, Obscenity, and Emerging Areas of Government Regulation
 
CHAPTER 9 • The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
 
CHAPTER 10 • Privacy and Personal Liberty
 
PART III • THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
 
CHAPTER 11 • Investigations and Evidence
 
CHAPTER 12 • Attorneys, Trials, and Punishments
 
PART IV • CIVIL RIGHTS
 
CHAPTER 13 • Race Discrimination and the Foundations of Equal Protection
 
CHAPTER 14 • Contemporary Approaches to Equal Protection
 
CHAPTER 15 • Voting and Representation

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Each chapter is thoroughly updated for currency and scholarship and reflects the most recent court rulings.
  • Two chapters now cover freedom of speech: In order to highlight some of the foundational issues and contrast them with contemporary disputes over expression, coverage of speech has separated into two chapters — Chapter 5 offers an overview of the enduring topics of free expression, and Chapter 6 reorganizes cases around modern legal questions about speech.
  • Fourth Amendment and Tech: Chapter 11 includes a closer examination of one of the problems at the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and modern technology.
  • Coverage of Religion - Our coverage of religion in Chapter 4 has expanded, revisiting some previous cases (such as Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah) and incorporating some new ones (such as American Legion v. American Humanist Association).  
KEY FEATURES:
  • A range of “Aftermath” boxes for selected cases provide final chapters to these stories, stimulating interesting discussions about the decisions’ impacts on the lives of ordinary Americans.
  • "Facts” and "Arguments" sections before every case help students understand key rulings.
  • Tables and figures on Court trends bring out the rich legal, social, historical, economic, and political contexts in which the Court reaches its decisions.

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