The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide

(4th edition 2004)

The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide explores our Constitution’s first ten amendments and their resilience through time. This award-winning text includes the historical background of the amendments and the rights granted therein, along with a study of the Fourteenth Amendment. Profiles and legal analyses of the Supreme Court cases that have interpreted and upheld these basic human rights are also featured, along with the stories of the ordinary people behind the cases. The book includes a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide is a winner of the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.

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“A terrific book—lively, informative, accessible, and remarkably objective. Without doubt this is the place to start if you would understand the Bill of Rights.”

—John Hart Ely, Former Dean, Stanford Law School

“It’s hard to make the Bill of Rights accessible to everyone without talking down to anyone, but this fine book manages to do just that.”

—Laurence H. Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

“Intended for students, teachers, and anyone long gone from school who feels the need to restore his or her roots, the book crisply and accurately explores the history and present health of each of the amendments, using many primary sources along with exceptionally readable accounts of the leading cases.”

—Nat Hentoff, Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post

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