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The Militia and the Right to Arms, or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent

3 illus. Sprache: Englisch.
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Titel: The Militia and the Right to Arms, or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent
Autor/en: H. Richard Uviller, William G Merkel

ISBN: 0822330172
EAN: 9780822330172
3 illus.
Sprache: Englisch.
Duke University Press

20. Januar 2003 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten

Provides a historically grounded examination of the original meaning of the 2nd Amendment and an interpretation of the rights it safeguards (or doesn't) in the light of that historical understanding.
Introduction; 1: Arms, the Man, and the Militia: the History of a Concept; The Social and Judicial Foundations of the Dispute; The Militia Ideal in the Historiography of the American Revolution; Madisonian Structuralism: The Place of the Militia in the New American Science of Government; 2: From Militia to National Guard; The Decay of the Old Militia; The Era of the Volunteers; The United States Army and the United States National Guard, 1903-1999; 3: The Meaning of Meaning; Text and Context; A Few Other Theories Briefly Considered; A Post Script: The Emerson Case; Conclusion
H. Richard Uviller is Arthur Levitt Professor of Law at Columbia University. He is the author of "The Tilted Playing Field: Is Criminal Justice Unfair?" and "Virtual Justice: The Flawed Prosecution of Crime in America."William G. Merkel has a J.D. from Columbia University and is completing his doctorate in History at Oxford University.
"Uviller and Merkel offer a fresh interpretation of the Second Amendment... In its seriousness of tone, abundant citation of sources, and careful discussion of opposing schools of thought, this presents a powerful case for declaring the Second Amendment irrelevant to the issue of firearms in America."--Publishers Weekly "With The Militia and the Right to Arms, or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent, H. Richard Urviller and William G. Merkel enter the fray with perhaps the definitive description of the militia in American history, culture and political theory... This book is top-notch constitutional history and masterful in its melding of history and legal argument... In short, they have produced not only a fine work on the 2nd Amendment, but a model for those who would use historical research to inform contemporary legal/constitutional debate... The Militia and the Right to Arms is an excellent work of constitutional history. It is meticulously researched, clearly and persuasively argued, and highly relevant to the contemporary debate over the 2nd Amendment and gun control. Anyone serious about the history and/or contemporary value of the 2nd Amendment needs to read this book."--Daniel E. Smith, The Law and Politics Book Review "The authors of The Militia and the Right to Arms, or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent are well qualified to defend their arguments... Although the book offers a scholarly and carefully documented argument, its main points will be clearly accessible to general readers."--Rebecca S. Shoemaker, History: Reviews of New Books "This is the single most sound and sophisticated study yet to appear dealing with the historical origins of the Second Amendment as well as the meaning it bears for our society today... Amidst the plethora of recent literature attempting to explicate the meaning of the Second Amendment, this book stands out as a voice of sanity and reason. Uviller and Merkel are to be commended for their dispassionate approach as well as for their careful scholarship. Theirs is certainly the most closely reasoned and deeply researched study of the subject. All thoughtful citizens are deeply indebted to them for their effort."--Robert E. Shalhope, American Historical Review "Meticulous and exhaustive in its treatment of historical and legal sources, this book makes an important contribution to studies of the 2nd Amendment and offers a model for those who would use historical research to inform contemporary constitutional debate."--Roland Marden, Journal of American Studies "[W]ell-written and provocative... This book should provoke lively debate not only among scholars and the general public but also among undergraduate constitutional law students, for whom the book might serve as a supplement. Readers also will appreciate the crisp writing style that takes the reader quickly and smoothly through more than two hundred years of American history."--John C. Domino, Perspectives on Political Science "The Second Amendment's 'right of the people to keep and bear arms' is surely the most politically contentious provision of the Bill of Rights... H. Richard Uviller and William G. Merkel's welcome entry to this cacophonous debate is articulate, thoughtful, carefully researched, historically sound, and above all sane."--Stephen Pitti, Journal of American History "The Militia and the Right to Arms demonstrates that a rereading of familiar sources can be immensely useful, particularly in the field of constitutional history... This book will certainly play an important role in the contentious debate and deserves a wide readership."--Saul Cornell, Journal of Southern History Abstract appeared in Law and Social Inquiry. Listed in Michigan Law Review, Yale Law Report. Uviller & Mekel wrote an op-ed summarizing their book for History News Network. Also reviewed in North Carolina Historical Review. Mixed review appeared in Reviews in American History. Negative review in Library Journal, The Green Bag, and Military History
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