The Bill of Rights, perhaps the single most important document
in American history, has provided a strong and remarkably durable
framework in which the limits of government, the scope of
individual liberty, and the nature of our democratic system have
been defined for more than two hundred years. In the past several
decades in particular, the American Bill of Rights has been subject
to virtually continual reinterpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court
through a series of landmark cases, while its provisions also have
exerted a powerful influence over the movement toward democracy and
This third edition of The Bill of Rights, the Courts, and the
Law serves to increase public understanding of the Bill of Rights
and the American judicial process by presenting select cases and
their underlying issues fairly. It allows readers to examine the
various legal arguments with the help of expert commentary,
offering the best, most accessible introduction to the Bill of
Rights available to a nonscholarly audience.
. Lynda Butler, College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe
School of Law
. A. E. Dick Howard, University of Virginia School of Law
. Robert M. O'Neil, University of Virginia School of Law and
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
. Barbara Perry, Sweet Briar College Department of Government
and International Affairs
. Rodney A. Smolla, University of Richmond T. C. Williams School
. Melvin Urofsky, Virginia Commonwealth University Doctoral
Program in Public Policy
Distributed for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and
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