The Life and History of the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution

The Life and History of the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution

Lively accounts of the philosophies and politics that informed the Framers’ drafting of the Bill of Rights and how these first ten Amendments have been interpreted by later generations.

About the Author

Robert McWhirter is an acknowledged authority on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on which he has written and lectured widely both to academic and legal audiences as well as civic institutions. He appears regularly on Arizona Public Television’s Horizon program explaining the legality and history surrounding the challenges to, and interpretation of, the Constitution. Read More ...

Books

Traces how the speech and religion clauses, originally interdependent, have become separated. Read More ...

Examines the history of the right to bear arms as an individual or collective right. Read More ...

Explores the necessity, and continued relevance, of protecting individual liberty and the sanctity of the home. Read More ...

Traces the origins of the "right to remain silent" from Judaic law to the Salem Witch Trials to today. Read More ...

How the "rights of the accused" were influenced by English politics but reflected a broader concept of liberty. Read More ...

How trial by jury was established, and how a contemporary jury’s role differs from what the Framers envisioned. Read More ...

Examines the Framers’ evolving notion of crime and punishment -- focused on humanity rather than retribution. Read More ...

Overlooked but crucial -- Amendments 9 and 10 establish the people's rights and give them power to effect change. Read More ...

What people are saying about Robert's books:

“[A] fine study in American legal history and an excellent contribution to our understanding of the origins and historical setting of the Bill of Rights.  …For anyone interested in American legal history, Bills, Quills, and Stills is encyclopedic in its scope and presentation of the story behind the enactment of the Bill of Rights.  From start to finish, Bob McWhirter shows himself to be an excellent guide for an enjoyable journey into the past.”

—Hon. George T. Anagnost, Arizona Attorney Magazine

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“[McWhirter’s] exhaustive knowledge of the significance of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution is on display in this book, as is his sense of humor and his ability to weave recent legal debates into a discussion.”

—Arizona State University Magazine

Review 2

“[T]his book is great fun to read. It is lively, colorful, and energizing in its layout and format and a fascinating read. …[the book] will add a new dimension to your understanding of how our government and laws were formed.”

—Graziadio Business Review Blog, Pepperdine University

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