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Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876 (Literature) First Edition Edition

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"There have been many treatises written on the Fourteenth Amendment and the history of its development and interpretation, but this one is, in many ways, the most complete and comprehensive to date, covering many aspects that others have neglected, and providing its historical background and development, how its wording was drafted, and how its framers understood it....Hallbrook provides convincing evidence that the firearms which persons had the right to keep and bear were the latest firearms available, that the right was individual, intended to provide protection against abuse by government officials and their agents as well as against criminal attack, and that neither federal or state governments had the power to prohibit or disband militias, even if they were not state-sanctioned.... This treatise is a major contribution to legal history and commentary, and should be read by everyone having an interest in civil rights or firearms rights."-H-Net Reviews

..."this book is a valuable addition to the literature."-Constitutional Commentary

"His tightly focused argument is novel and powerful enough to impress even a highly skeptical reader....Halbrook's critique of the judicial performance is biting and strong."-The Law and Politics Book Review

"[A] work of very considerable value. Thoroughly researched, the study rests on a more exacting examination of the relevant source material than any other study of the public record of the Joint Committee of Fifteen."-Choice

"This book is valuable to attorneys who labor to understand the background of the Cruikshank case, which is known for the Supreme Court's peculiar opinion that certain rights granted by the federal government are fundamental--and protected--and natural rights are not...military leaders should read this book."-Military Review

"ÝA¨ work of very considerable value. Thoroughly researched, the study rests on a more exacting examination of the relevant source material than any other study of the public record of the Joint Committee of Fifteen."-Choice

?...this book is a valuable addition to the literature.?-Constitutional Commentary

?His tightly focused argument is novel and powerful enough to impress even a highly skeptical reader....Halbrook's critique of the judicial performance is biting and strong.?-The Law and Politics Book Review

?[A] work of very considerable value. Thoroughly researched, the study rests on a more exacting examination of the relevant source material than any other study of the public record of the Joint Committee of Fifteen.?-Choice

?This book is valuable to attorneys who labor to understand the background of the Cruikshank case, which is known for the Supreme Court's peculiar opinion that certain rights granted by the federal government are fundamental--and protected--and natural rights are not...military leaders should read this book.?-Military Review

?Halbrook assuredly achieves his goal. He provides overwhelming evidence that the Fourteenth Amendment was meant to protect the right of individuals to be armed and that this particular right was a major concern of its framers. He offers scholars in the field a wealth of quotations from the historical debates. He includes an interesting account of southern conventions, and an excellent account of the events leading up to the landmark Cruickshank case....[H]albrook helps restore the historical record of a badly served constitutional amendment.?-American Historical Review

?There have been many treatises written on the Fourteenth Amendment and the history of its development and interpretation, but this one is, in many ways, the most complete and comprehensive to date, covering many aspects that others have neglected, and providing its historical background and development, how its wording was drafted, and how its framers understood it....Hallbrook provides convincing evidence that the firearms which persons had the right to keep and bear were the latest firearms available, that the right was individual, intended to provide protection against abuse by government officials and their agents as well as against criminal attack, and that neither federal or state governments had the power to prohibit or disband militias, even if they were not state-sanctioned.... This treatise is a major contribution to legal history and commentary, and should be read by everyone having an interest in civil rights or firearms rights.?-H-Net Reviews

.,."this book is a valuable addition to the literature."-Constitutional Commentary

"Halbrook assuredly achieves his goal. He provides overwhelming evidence that the Fourteenth Amendment was meant to protect the right of individuals to be armed and that this particular right was a major concern of its framers. He offers scholars in the field a wealth of quotations from the historical debates. He includes an interesting account of southern conventions, and an excellent account of the events leading up to the landmark Cruickshank case....[H]albrook helps restore the historical record of a badly served constitutional amendment."-American Historical Review

"A masterful, thoroughly researched analysis. Halbrook has made a major contribution to our understanding of Reconstruction, of the Fourteenth Amendment, and of the connection between the Second Amendment and other human rights."-David B. Kopel, Adjunct Professor of Law New York University Law School

"Halbrook's examination of the importance of the right to arms to the former slaves and the Reconstruction era Congress that sought to protect them tells an important and all to often neglected story in the history of the right to arms and the history of Americans of African descent."-Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law and History George Washington University

"Stephen Halbrook has been on the cutting edge of Second Amendment research for several years now. His latest work establishes that the right to keep and bear arms is also shielded by the Fourteenth Amendment. Scholars will continue to debate the point, but Halbrook has effectively shifted the burden of proof to his critics. That's no small accomplishment."-Roger Pilon, Senior Fellow and Director Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

"Those who would limit the right to keep and bear arms to members of state militias have never come to grips with the intentions of the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment to protect blacks and unionists from southern militias (and others) by enforcing their personal right to arms. Stephen Halbrook presents a brief on behalf of this forgotten history--a history that no serious student of the Constitution can ignore."-Randy E. Barnett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor Boston University School of Law

About the Author

STEPHEN P. HALBROOK practices law in Fairfax, Virginia. Cases he argued in the U.S. Supreme Court include Printz v. United States (1997). His books include That Every Man Be Armed, Firearms Law Deskbook, and Target Switzerland.

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Product Details

  • Series: Literature
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275963314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275963316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,403,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Halbrook does it again with a scholarly exegesis of the Fourteenth Amendment exposing anew the racist roots of gun control. Halbrook reveals the lies and lays bare the cynicism of those who claim the Constitution permits or even favors anti-gun laws. A must read for those who still believe in liberty. The Fourteenth Amendment meant to enshrine and extend the Second Amendment specifically, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, to newly freed blacks and make them enforceable against state governments.
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This is an important work on the origins of the fourteenth amendment with focus on the incorporation of the second amendment. It's written by a serious legal scholar and this text has been used in prominent trials. If you're a serious student, this is a great book.

As a side note, this is a hardcopy first edition of this work. Pretty rare and good from a historical standpoint. The binding is good hardcover fabric. It's well worth having if you're a serious scholar.

On the other hand - if you just want the text in the most updated fashion, it has been republished in an updated paperback and kindle edition as, Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, Updated Edition. You can save yourself some money and get this in a digital format if you just get this. Amazon should update their records to show that this is the old edition and that there is a new edition of this very important work.
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