CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS by William Loren & Bernard Gaughran Katz


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Taking the 26 amendments one by one, Katz and Gaughran rephrase each in informal language and very briefly discuss the reasons for their passage and their contemporary significance. Current controversies -- like gun control legislation and the death penalty -- are outlined but not debated, and even such basic background as court-imposed limitations on free speech and the roots of the prohibition movement is sketched in very general terms. Unfortunately also the original wording of the amendments has not been included side by side with the commentary. But the authors do explain the amendments as both basic civil rights and part of a political process -- an approach which provides the structural framework for further study if little raw material for discussion.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts