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The Resource Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments, David A.J. Richards

Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments, David A.J. Richards

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Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments
Title
Conscience and the Constitution
Title remainder
history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments
Statement of responsibility
David A.J. Richards
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At stage center of the American drama, maintains David A.J. Richards, is the attempt to understand the implications of the Reconstruction Amendments - Amendments Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen to the United States Constitution. Richards evaluates previous efforts to interpret the amendments and then proposes his own view: together the amendments embodied a self-conscious rebirth of America's revolutionary, rights-based constitutionalism. Building on an approach to constitutional law developed in his Toleration and the Constitution and Foundations of American Constitutionalism, Richards links history, law, and political theory. In Conscience and the Constitution, this method leads from an analysis of the Reconstruction Amendments to a broad discussion of the American constitutional system as a whole. Richards's interpretation focuses on the abolitionists and their radical commitment to the "dissenting conscience." In his view, the Reconstruction Amendments expressed not only the constitutional arguments of a particular historical period but also a general political theory developed by the abolitionists, who restructured the American political community in terms of respect for universal human rights. He argues further that the amendments make a claim on our generation to keep faith with the vision of the "founders of 1865." In specific terms he points out what such allegiance would mean in the context of present-day constitutional issues
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DLC
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Richards, David A. J
Dewey number
  • 342.73/03
  • 347.3023
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4757
LC item number
.R5 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Constitutional amendments
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Civil rights
  • Abolitionists
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Label
Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments, David A.J. Richards
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-284) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780691032313
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92042895
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27067115
  • (OCoLC)540798
  • (OCoLC)540798
Label
Conscience and the Constitution : history, theory, and law of the Reconstruction amendments, David A.J. Richards
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-284) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780691032313
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92042895
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27067115
  • (OCoLC)540798
  • (OCoLC)540798

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