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American Constitutionalism: Volume I: Structures of Government Paperback – March 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199751266 ISBN-10: 0199751269 Edition: 2.8.2012

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2.8.2012 edition (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199751269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199751266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"American Constitutionalism marks a new age in the teaching of constitutional law. The book elegantly presents a historicized and developmental account that unveils the political and institutional roots of contemporary constitutional controversies. History and politics come alive for students as they engage constitutional problems as concrete political and legal struggles with stakes that span all American institutions, not just the courts. Ideal both for students who need basic background in US political history and students who are ready to move beyond the simple narratives they learned in secondary school, the text places major cases in their proper contexts through the integration of different types of primary sources. This helps students not just to understand the outcomes, but to see why they are important. After using this text, I can't imagine teaching constitutional law any other way."--Julie Novkov, University at Albany, State University of New York

"With the long-awaited publication of Gillman, Graber, and Whittington's American Constitutionalism, students can finally see vividly how American constitutional development has been shaped by a fascinating array of political actors--legislators, Presidents, and political party and social movement leaders--not just by courts. As a result, they can gain a much richer sense of American constitutional history, principles, and debates than most casebooks provide. A landmark contribution to the teaching and study of American constitutionalism."--Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania

"An important and refreshing challenge to the traditional case method of teaching constitutional law."--Jason Pierceson, University of Illinois Springfield

Congratulations to the authors on winning the APSA Law and Courts Section 2013 Teaching and Mentoring Award, for this "impressive, innovative, and outstanding" textbook. The Teaching and Mentoring Award recognizes innovative teaching and instructional methods and materials in law and courts.

About the Author

Howard Gillman is Dean of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair, and Professor of Political Science, History, and Law at the University of Southern California. Mark A. Graber is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law and Government at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics and Director of Graduate Studies in Politics at Princeton University.

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By msSera on July 1, 2014
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This is an ok book if you want a lengthy history lesson, but some chapters are poorly written and tend to drone on and one for far too long. Seems pretty disorganized and random at times. Unless you HAVE to buy this book, there are probably better ones out there.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Oliveira on January 7, 2014
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There is a lot of content and it is easy to read. After all, it is a textbook and it is a good one if you are interested in the subject.
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