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Lawrence M. Friedman and Grant M. Hayden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190460587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190460587.001.0001

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Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

(p.181) 10 Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
American Law

Lawrence M. Friedman

Grant M. Hayden

Oxford University Press

This chapter is about constitutional law and civil liberties. Both the federal constitution and state constitutions are discussed. A main focus of the chapter is on the power of judicial review, its history and current practice. The chapter also examines the expansion of constitutional rights and civil liberties, especially in the areas of free speech and race discrimination. Finally, the chapter looks at how the U.S. constitution and system of judicial review have served as a model for many other countries.

Keywords:   constitution, constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial review, First Amendment, state constitutions, federal constitution

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