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The Establishment of Religion Clause: The First Amendment (Bill of Rights Series) Paperback – July 17, 2007

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591025176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591025177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Brownstein (Davis, CA), professor of law at the University of California (Davis) School of Law, is the author of many articles in law journals on issues of religious liberty.

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on December 17, 2009
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. Probing in its depth of history and legal erudition, "The First Amendment," edited by ALAN BROWNSTEIN is the first of a series of books on the Bill of Rights, in which an entire book is dedicated to each Amendment. It is structured as a series of essays on various legal aspects of the issue.

James Madison, one of the Anti-Federalists, is largely responsible for the Bill of Rights
[The first TEN Amendments] which was deemed necessary to ensure INDIVIDUAL liberties, as the body of the Constitution itself, pertained almost entirely to the powers ceded to the Federal Government.

David B. Oppenheimer, who wrote the Preface for the book, indicates that even though the Declaration of Independence proscribed that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, all language pertaining to the EQUALITY of men was limited in the original Constitution, because major concessions for individual rights had to be made in the congress, lest the slave-holding states vote against legislation.

This is why the USA ended up in a Civil War in the next century, to resolve the issue of EQUALITY. Today however, American still suffers from the crippling effect, when the Founding Fathers were forced to make this concession for an American nation. Suddenly, American is beset by an abundance of issues which impact upon the First Amendment and its interpretation. I am myself familiar with the issue of the First Amendment, because I had read some years ago, the slender volume of interest to homeschoolers, "HOME EDUCATION and CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES" by John W. Whitehead and Wendell R. Bird. That is also an excellent book for the ordinary person to read on First Amendment rights.
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