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Paulsen, Calabresi, McConnell, and Bray's
The Constitution of the United States, 2d


This casebook emphasizes the text, structure, and history of the Constitution. Other casebooks tend to focus almost exclusively on cases and on present doctrine. This book is different. It is organized by the Constitution's text and structure; it uses "great cases" as paradigms for learning the major issues in constitutional law; it stresses the task of interpretation, including the interpretation of the Constitution by the political branches; and it gives attention to neglected features of our Constitution and constitutional history. Those neglected features include early controversies over federal power (including the First Bank of the United States, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and slavery), Article IV, the constitutional amendment process, the whole of the Bill of Rights, and matters of representation and republicanism. Our aim is that students should learn how to think about constitutional issues, rather than learn every fine detail of what the Courtís most recent thinking is. The goal is not training students whose constitutional sophistication will soon be obsolete, but instead training future lawyer-citizens to think about their Constitution and address the constitutional questions that will emerge in their lifetimes.

 
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