944 SP Amer Legal History: 20th Century Constitution - §001, Spring 2013

Categories: Constitutional Law Legal History

Instructor(s) Snyder, Brad

Twentieth-Century Constitution: This is a course in constitutional history meeting the Constitutional Law II requirement & Legal Process requirement. We will examine the development of constitutional doctrine over the course of the twentieth century. The course begins with the 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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