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The Bill of Rights : a user's guide

Author: Linda R Monk; Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Publisher: New York : Hachett Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updated 5th edition.; First Hachette books paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk explores the remarkable history of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court's interpretation of each right, and the power of citizens to enforce those rights. Stories of the ordinary people who made the Bill of Rights come alive are featured throughout. These include Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper who became a national civil  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda R Monk; Ruth Bader Ginsburg
ISBN: 9780316415606 031641560X
OCLC Number: 1030584352
Notes: "Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg"--Cover.
"Originally published in paperback by the Close Up Foundation in December 1991"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A living bill of rights --
The birth of the Bill of Rights --
The first ten Amendments --
Beyond the Bill of Rights --
Rights in the future.
Responsibility: Linda R. Monk ; foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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In The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk explores the remarkable history of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court's interpretation of each right, and the power of citizens to enforce those rights. Stories of the ordinary people who made the Bill of Rights come alive are featured throughout. These include Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper who became a national civil rights leader; Mary Beth Tinker, a 13-year-old whose protest of the Vietnam War established free speech rights for students; and Simon Tam, a millennial whose 10-year trademark battle for his band "The Slants" ended in a unanimous Supreme Court victory. Such people prove that, in the words of Judge Learned Hand, "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court, can save it." Monk explores the history, scope, and meaning of the first ten amendments--as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, which nationalized them and included a new right of equality for all under the law. The Bill of Rights is a powerful examination of the values that define American life--back cover.

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