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Constitutional Values: Governmental Power and Individual Freedoms [Hardcover]

Daniel E. Hall J.D. Ed.D. , John Feldmeier
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February 1, 2008 0131717693 978-0131717695 1
Constitutional Values: Governmental Power and Individual Freedoms in American Politics is a single volume that examines both constitutional law and civil liberties using narrative, well-edited cases, and real-world interpretations. It introduces readers to the underlying political structure of the American judiciary, explores the constitutional foundations for governmental authority, and reviews the legal protections for individual rights and liberties in the American political system. Chapter questions are included to provoke readers’ analytical and critical thinking skills, and over 100 cases help readers understand how constitutional doctrines are applied.  Presents a sound discussion of governmental structure and authority in the first part of the book. Follows with a clear presentation of civil liberties and civil rights in the second part of the book. Contains over 100 edited cases which are referenced in Part Two of the book. Includes important U.S. Supreme Court opinions regarding governmental authority and individual freedoms. Covers standard Supreme Court cases and also incorporates contemporary constitutional controversies. Discusses unique local cases which demonstrate the local implications of constitutional politics.  Includes cases from Maryland, New York, Connecticut, California, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Rhode Island, Alabama, Virginia and more!  Provides true insights into the day-to-day realities of constitutional law.  Encourages readers to apply constitutional doctrines to local controversies. Anyone interested in or involved with constitutional law and civil liberties.

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Although easy to dismiss as abstract and disconnected from daily life, the Constitution is in reality a vital, living document that has enormous impact on the lives of every individual in the United States.  The legal questions that have resulted from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and against terrorism are reminders that the important principles of fundamental law that were expressed by the founders over two hundred years ago continue to provide the framework of governmental authority and individual liberties. 


This book includes the following features:


Ø      A discussion of both historically significant cases and contemporary problems, such as those arising from the Patriot Act, recent attempts to control child pornography, and the perennial and thorny federal/state and presidential/congressional tug-of-wars

Ø      A writing style that challenges, but does not overwhelm, undergraduate students

Ø      Comprehensive coverage of the two traditional constitutional law subjects, governmental powers and civil liberties, with the option of splitting them without loss of content or pedagogy

Ø      Excerpts of significant cases reinforce the content and to teach critical thinking and analytical skills

Ø      A feature entitled “Your Constitutional Values” that in most instances uses a local case to illustrate that constitutional problems exist in daily lives

Ø      Review questions and critical thinking and applications assignments follow each chapter

Ø      A glossary of legal terms

Ø      Appendices include the Constitution of the United States, selected statutes, selected Federalist Papers, and a description of how to conduct constitutional research



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About the Author

A native of Indiana, Daniel E. Hall is Dean of the Hamilton Campus and Professor of Political Science at Miami University. He was formerly chairperson of the Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Toledo and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at the Barry University School of Law and the University of Evansville.  He earned his B.S. at Indiana University, J.D. at Washburn University, and Ed.D. at the University of Central Florida. In addition to experience as a defense attorney in the United States and assistant attorney general of the Federated States of Micronesia, he has thirteen years of experience teaching criminal law and procedure in higher education. He has authored a dozen journal articles and another dozen books, all on public law subjects.  Daniel has been married to Stacey Lynn Hall since 1991.  They live in Ross, Ohio with their daughters, Grace Kathryn and Eva Joan, and their golden retriever Atticus.


John P. Feldmeier earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio Dominican College, J.D. from Capital University Law School, and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Miami University.  Before joining the academy, Dr. Feldmeier practiced law in Ohio, handling several cases involving important constitutional law issues, one that reached the United States Supreme Court.  Dr. Feldmeier has several articles published on constitutional law subjects in law reviews and political science journals.  He is currently associate professor of political science at Wright State University.  John currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife, Melissa, and their two children, Emma and Jack.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131717693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131717695
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel E. Hall, born in Michigan and reared in Indiana, is a professor, author, scholar, and academic leader. He has held full-time teaching/leadership positions at University of Central Florida, University of Toledo, and Miami University. Daniel has also taught at Barry Law School, College of Micronesia, and University of Evansville. He is currently chair and professor of Justice and Community Studies at Miami University and visiting professor of law at Sun Yat-sen University in China. He is the author of over twenty text books, a dozen academic articles, and many other publications, all on public law, criminal justice, and education subjects. For more about Daniel visit

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage, mediocre editing October 12, 2013
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The discussion is a little long-winded on some topics, but it's fairly straightforward. A surprising number of misspellings in each chapter for a professionally edited textbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! September 17, 2013
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Great book that covers all class topics. Has great, well written chapters with great references. Do not pass this book up if your class requires it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Con Law February 8, 2012
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This is an excellent book written for law students or beginner Constitutional Law students. When finished with your course on Con Law, you will know basically everything you need for exams. The book has relevent cases and full descriptions of the cases. It also has "sidebars" which give additional information and stories about the particular area in review. When accompanied by a case book (and possibly a hornbook), it is an excellent way to learn the Constitutional Law of the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Constitutional Law Book July 30, 2011
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This was an easy transaction. Communication was great, was shipped on time, and I saved 80.00 not buying from the college bookstore. Would buy again from this seller. Thank You
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