Origins of the Bill of Rights by Professor Leonard W. Levy
(Yale Contemporary Law Series)

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A history of the origins of the Bill of Rights. It offers a panoramic view of the liberties secured by the first ten amendments to the Constitution - with an analysis of the background of the Bill of Rights meaning of each provision of the amendments.

About Professor Leonard W. Levy

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Levy is Mellon Professor Emeritus at the Claremont Graduate School and Distinguished Scholar in residence at Southern Oregon State College.
Published July 11, 1999 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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As recent constitutional theorists (e.g., Bruce Ackerman) have noted, law, including constitutional law, evolves, effectively undergoing amendment through a gradual consensus-building process involving courts, legislatures and the public.

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(James Madison omitted a reference to free speech in his original list because he believed it was an inherent right that predated government and did not depend on organized society for its vitality.) As Levy points out, the purpose of revolution in 1775 was not to "establish new liberties but to ...

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