U.S. Constitution Day 2018
In celebration of Constitution Day on the 17th of September, we’ve put together this content collection on U.S. constitutionalism. Jump to a section using the links below, or scroll down to browse. Happy reading!
Freedom of speech is a fundamental and oft-quoted part of the United States Constitution. But what do we actually mean by ‘free speech’, and what factors may have an impact on its place in democratic society? Read on to learn more:
- Assembly, Press, and Petition from The Dynamic Free Speech Clause: Free Speech and its Relation to Other Constitutional Rights
- Fair and Balanced from Managed Speech: The Roberts Court's First Amendment
- Free Speech and Free Press from The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution
- Amendment I: Free Speech and Free Press Clauses from The Complete Bill of Rights: The Drafts, Debates, Sources, and Origins (2nd Edition)
- From the OUP Blog: Economic inequality, politics, and capital by John Attanasio
Signed on September 17th, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and amended twenty-seven times since, the United States Constitution has evolved over hundreds of years, growing and reshaping to reflect the changing needs of American society. Here we look at the Constitution through a historical lens to discover when and why such changes were made:
- Timeline of the United States’ Constitutional Law
- Constitution of the United States of America: September 17, 1787 (as Amended to May 7, 1992)
- Introduction from The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy
- Introduction to American Constitutionalism: Five Basic Questions from The Complete American Constitutionalism, Volume One: Introduction and The Colonial Era
- Of Compromises and Constitutions from Levinson Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance
- Terminating the Ties of Empire from The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume IV: Law and the Constitution on the Eve of Independence, 1735-1776
- The Origins of Treaty Supremacy: 1776–1787 from The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional Change
- The American Constitution: First and Second Foundings from Extending Rights' Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power
- The United States: Constitutional Developments, 1990-1998
To support this content collection, we have collated a number of journal articles to offer further insight into the topic of American Constitutionalism:
- The (myth of un)amendability of the US Constitution and the democratic component of constitutionalism from The International Journal of Constitutional Law
- The American tradition of constituent power from The International Journal of Constitutional Law
- Formal and Informal Amendment of the United States Constitution from The American Journal of Comparative Law
- The Rule of Recognition and the Rule of Law: Departmentalism and Constitutional Development in the United States and the United Kingdom from The American Journal of Comparative Law
- Federal Coercion and National Constitutional Identity in the United States 1776-1861 from The American Journal of Comparative Law
These Oxford University Press series provide a deep-dive into US constitutionalism and American law; explore them today and learn more about the legal systems that underpin America:
- The Complete American Constitutionalism The Complete American Constitutionalism is designed to be the comprehensive treatment and source for debates on the American constitutional experience. It provides the analysis, resources, and materials both domestic and foreign readers must understand with regards to the practice of constitutionalism in the United States.
- Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the US The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.
- Oxford Commentaries on American Law Oxford Commentaries on American Law offers expert analysis of foundational issues across American law, and includes titles that examine a broad spectrum of topics from the principles of contract law to the sources and limits of presidential power through the executive branch.