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Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download. At the foundations of the series of reflections offered in this volume are my Commentaries on the Constitution of 1787 and on its Amendments published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1989 and 1995. I observed, at the outset of those Commentaries, “I was surprised to discover, upon preparing [them] for publication, that there evidently had not been, since the Ratification Campaign of 1787–1788, any other book-length, section-by-section commentary upon the United States Constitution proceeding primarily from the original text itself.

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download

Even during the Ratification Period the longer expositions, as in the Federalist and in the State Ratification Conventions, were not systematic but rather were tailored, properly enough, to local interests and concerns. There have been, of course, many instructive systematic accounts of constitutional law in our own time [as well as heretofore], but these have relied far more than I want to do [in my Commentaries] upon judicial and other official interpretations and applications of the Constitution and its Amendments.”

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download

I believe that those documents were examined in my Commentaries with appropriate rigor, providing a reliable guide for those interested in a coherent account of the 1787 Constitution and its twenty-seven Amendments. My hope was to offer my fellow citizens an account that would exhibit in our Constitution the admirable features that William Blackstone (as his Commentaries draw to an end) was able to find in his: Of a constitution so wisely contrived, so strongly raised, and so highly finished, it is hard to speak with that praise which is justly and severely its due: the thorough and attentive contemplation of it will furnish its best panegyric.

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download

It hath been the endeavor of these Commentaries, however, the execution may have succeeded, to examine its solid foundations, to mark out its extensive plan, to explain the use and distribution of its parts, and from the harmonious concurrence of those several parts to demonstrate the elegant proportion of the whole. A learned reader observed about my Commentaries that this had been the first time anyone had tried to read the Constitution like a book.

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download

Reflections on Constitutional Law by George Anastaplo pdf free download


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