Course Description

Having survived special counsel investigations, Supreme Court nomination fights, and the never-ending saga of a gerrymandered nation, Americans now face a presidential election campaign in which all candidates will pledge to protect Constitutional rights, safeguard citizen privacy, and defend citizens' every liberty. Yet few citizens are cognizant of the struggles that define those rights and liberties. This course studies the foundations of American law and the history of the Supreme Court that is responsible for interpreting the Constitution. It is not a law school course filled with case histories, but rather an examination of the intersections between people, politics, and fundamental documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Americans often assert "I know my rights," but they are often mistaken. Participants will study the cases and justices who have defined the rights of citizens across 230 years and address the issues faced by the present Supreme Court.   Lecture (plus Questions)

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The Law, the Court, and Americans: The Constitutional History of the United States
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019
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Recommended Texts:

Melvin Urofsky, Dissent & the Supreme Court, (9780307379405) $35.

Jeffrey Rosen, The Supreme Court, (9780805081824) $25.