904 SP Con Law: 20th Century Constitution - §004, Spring 2011

Categories: Constitutional Law

Instructor(s) Nourse, Victoria, Snyder, Brad

Twentieth-Century Constitution: This is a course in constitutional history
meeting the constitutional law II requirement. We will
examine the development of constitutional doctrine over the course of the
twentieth century. The course begins with video materials telling a standard
history of the twentieth century constitution. We then return to the original
materials to ask whether the standard history is in fact accurate. Each unit is
introduced by contextual matter aimed at familiarizing the student with the
important issues of the day, whether it be child labor, lynching, the
Depression, or World War II. We will ask how these larger issues are (or are
not) reflected in the constitutional doctrine of the day, from the police power
to the commerce clause to the equal protection clause. Legal issues addressed
include substantive due process, equality, and federalism.

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