- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Wolters Kluwer (September 3, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1543813909
- ISBN-13: 978-1543813906
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
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An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know
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- Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
"Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman have created a remarkable guide to what they label the 100most important Supreme Court cases in our history. Students (and their teachers) should especially profit from the multimedia blend of information and analysis. Inevitably there will be quibbles about some few cases included and, therefore, others left out, but if I am typical, most legal academics will agree with at least 90% of their choices, which is impressive indeed. This may prove to be a true event in legal education--and not only for law students."
- Sanford V. Levinson, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
"Barnett and Blackman have made learning the basics of American constitutional law as painless and as fun as possible. The case discussions are concise; the videos are full of fascinating pictures and historical details. If you think you might be interested in Constitutional Law, this is a great way to get started."
- Jack M. Balkin, Yale Law School
"The pithy, lively, and occasionally opinionated, but always fair-minded chapters and videos pro-vide all of the essentials of the key cases of the constitutional canon, clarifying and summarizing without ever dumbing down."
- Michael Dorf, Cornell Law School
"A very accessible guide by two outstanding constitutional scholars to many cases that are taught in almost every class in constitutional law and a few cases that should be taught in almost every class in constitutional law."
- Mark Graber, University of Maryland School of Law
- Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University
"Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman have done it again! Two of our nation's most brilliant scholars and teachers of the Constitution have teamed up to create a magnificent set of new teaching materials. 100 Supreme Court Cases Everybody Should Know is an endlessly rich and deeply rewarding resource for understanding the U.S. Constitution. Novices and experts alike will benefit from the Barnett-Blackman treasure trove."
- Michael Stokes Paulsen, University of St. Thomas School of Law
"A strong supplement that provides the legal and political context for the most significantSupreme Court cases. It provides important background for all constitutional law students."
William Baude, University of Chicago Law School
From the Author
We've made the book and videos accessible for all levels of study: law school,college, high school, home school, and independent study. Students can read andwatch these materials before class to prepare for lectures. Or students can utilize theplatform after class to fill in any gaps in their notes. And most likely, come examtime, students can binge-watch the entire canon of constitutional law in less than12 hours.
We hope you enjoy using An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 SupremeCourt Cases Everyone Should Know as much as we enjoyed preparing it.
Randy E. Barnett, Washington, D.C.
Josh Blackman, Houston, TX
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Two quibbles: the promised videos require an access code, and mine has been slow to arrive. Also, the Kindle version has some formatting issues, most notably stray page numbers that don't match up with the Kindle's formatting.
As the cover blurb notes, this resource “will innovate how constitutional law is studied.” Both Blackman and Barnett are conservatives and members of the Federalist Society and originalists. We might differ at times on issues of the court and Constitution, but wherever you are on the ideology spectrum, I highly recommend this book. It is balanced, and describes the decisions in plain English and concisely, but you will learn so much. The book is especially effective when it discusses a series of cases decided over a period of time, such as Roe v. Wade and its subsequent cases.
I agree with the foreword by Erwin Chemerinsky: “Although many of the cases are controversial, [p]rofessors Barnett and Blackman present them in an unbiased and ideologically neutral manner.” The authors tie important cases and issues together, raise thoughts to ponder on the 100 cases they picked and boil those cases down to a few pages, explaining each decision in layman’s terms.
I have not gone online to watch the videos, but Blackman often posts his lectures at South Texas, and they are very informative , and I am confident that the multimedia will only enhance the value of this book. Given the lack of civics knowledge in the nation, we can all use a resource to help us think through that 232-year-old document, the U.S. Constitution. One can learn much about the guiding document and its interpretation by reading this excellent book.
While designed for law students and professors at law schools, it is a book that is digestible and accessible to everyone. Hopefully it will give us a more informed public. Boom to Blackman and Barnett.
Imagine listening to the video clip of this production with a constant "Wheel of Fortune" countdown playing in the background as you try to focus on what is being read!!!!
This is an awful poorly produce video/audio and it would be painful to listen to over 100 of the same audio backgrounds over and over. I've never experienced anything as bad as this production.
Great material if you can concentrate above the "Wheel of Fortune" audio track. The text is also great. Be forewarned and sample it if available.
I purchased the book with the intention of learning more about historic Supreme Court decisions beyond the usual Roe, Wickard, NFIB, etc.
To say I learned new things would be an understatement! Case in point the legal tender cases. I was under the assumption, and partially my fault as it’s what I see on Twitter, that Griswold (1870) concluded that Congress could not issue paper currency.
However, that was not the case! The court said Congress cannot issue paper currency as “legal tender”. This is a huge distinction and it was one of those moments where you feel more knowledgeable.
If you are interested in learning more about under covered, society changing, constitutional law cases, I would 1000% recommend this book.