Summary: The American Constitutional Experience - Selected Readings and Supreme Court Opinions provides selected readings and edited Supreme Court opinions to convey the richness of primary sources without subjecting students to excessively long reading assignments. While this casebook is organized along the lines of the main text, Constitutional Government (www.kendallhunt.com/curry), it certainly could be used in conjunction with other texts, or serve as a supplement for i ...show morentroductory courses in American Government.
The casebook begins with an introductory essay describing the work of the Supreme Court and its role in constitutional development. Students will find this chapter especially useful in introducing concepts and ideas which form the basis for America's judicial process. Subsequent chapters focus on the subject matter found in textbooks, including Judicial Review, Separation of Powers, Race and Equal Protection, New Equal Protection, Bill of Rights and Fundamental Rights, Due Process of Law, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the Religion Clauses.
Each chapter begins with a reading which helps to place the topic in historical perspective, whether in the richness of the Federalist Papers or the thought of Frederick Douglass. Then, several Supreme Court opinions capture the development and transition of the Constitution through the words of the justices themselves. ...show less