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Conscience and the Constitution
Author: David A. J. Richards

ISBN: 9780691600246
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 11 July 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6
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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 hisToleration and the Constitution and Foundations of American Constitutionalism, Richards links history, law, and political theory. InConscience 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 th...

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