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Part IV Rights, Ch.23 Liberty

James E. Fleming, Linda C. Mcclain

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

“To secure the blessings of liberty,” the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution proclaims, “We the People … ordain and establish this Constitution.” The Constitution is said to protect liberty through three principal strategies. First, the design of the Constitution as a whole protects liberty. As Alexander Hamilton famously put it in Federalist 84, in arguing that a bill of rights enumerating specific liberties would be unnecessary: “the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS.”1 He contended that the...
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