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Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century

Author: Geoffrey R Stone
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A constitutional scholar traces the evolution of legal and moral codes that have attempted to legislate sexual behavior from the ancient world to today, citing the agitators, moralists, lawmakers, and Supreme Court justices who have shaped some of the most divisive sexual debates. There has never been a book like Sex and the Constitution, a one-volume history that chapter after chapter overturns popular shibboleths,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey R Stone
ISBN: 9780871404695 0871404699 9781631494284 1631494287
OCLC Number: 960940558
Description: xxxii, 668 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ancestors. The ancient world : the triumph of Augustine --
The power of revealed truth --
England, the Enlightenment, and "the age of Eros" --
Founders. From Puritanism to the pursuit of happiness --
The world of the framers : a Christian nation? --
"The fundamental maxims of free government" --
Moralists. The second great awakening --
"Tending to corrupt the public morals" : the meaning of obscenity --
Contraception and abortion : from the founding to the 1950s --
"Strange freaks of nature" --
Coming out --
Judges : Sexual Expression and the Constitution. Obscenity and the First Amendment : "a corrupting and debasing" influence --
The end of obscenity? --
Sex and speech in the Twenty-First century --
Judges : Reproductive Freedom and the Constitution. The constitution and contraception --
The road to Roe --
Roe and beyond --
Judges : Sexual Orientation and the Constitution. "The gay moment" --
A right to "retain their dignity" --
Same-sex marriage and the constitution.
Other Titles: Sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century
Responsibility: Geoffrey R. Stone.

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A constitutional scholar traces the evolution of legal and moral codes that have attempted to legislate sexual behavior from the ancient world to today, citing the agitators, moralists, lawmakers, and Supreme Court justices who have shaped some of the most divisive sexual debates. There has never been a book like Sex and the Constitution, a one-volume history that chapter after chapter overturns popular shibboleths, while dramatically narrating the epic story of how sex came to be legislated in America--Publisher's website.

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