The Bill of Rights in Modern America :after 200 years by David J. Bodenhamer (Editor); James W. Ely (Editor); James W. Ely (Editor)
Call Number: KF4550.A2B49 1993
Publication Date: 1993
The Bill of Rights : original meaning and current understanding by Eugene W. Hickok (Editor)
Call Number: KF4749.A2B56 1991
Publication Date: 1991-04-29
Criminal Procedure: the Constitution and the police : examples & explanations by Robert M. Bloom
Call Number: KF9630.B576 2010
Publication Date: 2009
Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments by Grey HouseThis thought-provoking and interesting text provides a complete examination of each of our nation's 27 Constitutional Amendments. From the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, to slavery, to the voting rights of women, this text illustrates how the US Constitution has changed since its ratification in 1789.
Publication Date: 2017
Interpreting the Bill of Rights by Avery Elizabeth Hurt
Call Number: KF4750 .I584 2019
Publication Date: 2018-07-15
James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard E. LabunskiToday we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its adoption. In fact, many of the thirteen states saw fierce debate over the document, and ratification was by no means certain. Virginia, the largest and most influential state, approved the Constitution by the barest of margins, and only after an epic political battle between James Madison and Patrick Henry. Now Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes--the diminutive and exceedingly shy Madison.Here is a vividly written account of not one but several major political struggles which changed the course of American history. Labunski takes us inside the sweltering converted theater in Richmond, where for three grueling weeks, the soft-spoken Madison and the charismatic Patrick Henry fought over whether Virginia should ratify the Constitution. The stakes were enormous. If Virginia voted no, George Washington could not become president, New York might follow suit and reject the Constitution, and the young nation would be thrust into political chaos. But Madison won the day by a handful of votes, mollifying Anti-Federalist fears by promising to add a bill of rights to the Constitution. To do this, Madison would have to win a seat in the First Congress. Labunski shows how the vengeful Henry prevented Madison's appointment to the Senate and then used his political power to ensure that Madison would run against his good friend, Revolutionary War hero James Monroe, in a House district teeming with political enemies. Overcoming great odds, Madison won by a few hundred votes, allowing him to attend the First Congress and sponsor the Bill of Rights.Packed with colorful details about life in early America, this compelling and important narrative is the first serious book about Madison written in many years. It will return this under-appreciated patriot to his rightful place among the Founding Fathers and shed new light on a key turning point in our nation's history.
Bill of Rights InstituteEstablished in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 70,000 students nationwide.
The Bill of RightsIt upholds freedom of speech and religion, guarantees a free press, grants the right to keep and bear arms, preserves the right of trial by jury, establishes states’ rights, and more. It’s the Bill of Rights. This program presents the ten key constitutional amendments that have defined the fundamental liberties that are the American birthright—and examines the controversies and challenges they have withstood. A Cambridge Educational Production. (
Civil Liberties: Safeguarding the Individual—Democracy in AmericaThis program examines the First, Fourth, and Sixth Constitutional Amendments to show how the Bill of Rights protects individual citizens from excessive or arbitrary government interference, yet, contrary to the belief of many Americans, does not grant unlimited rights.
Unconstitutional: Examining the Patriot ActLocked up indefinitely? No lawyer? No trial? If you think this can’t happen to an American citizen, think again. Since 9/11 and the adoption of the Patriot Act, America has faced a fearsome erosion of civil liberties. This big-budget documentary reveals how paranoia, fear, and ethnic profiling have led to the subjugation of America’s constitutional rights. Made for a theatrical release by Hollywood director Robert Greenwald, Unconstitutional exposes how the Patriot Act, meant to defend America, is actually leaving the country more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks. Officials acknowledge that the policies heralded by the act are isolating and antagonizing the very communities the nation needs to engage. (68 minutes)