Bills, Quills, and Stills

An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of The Bill of Rights

  • History of the rights we take for granted
  • Framers intention compared to present interpretation
  • Addresses popular misunderstandings
  • Reasons for division over interpretation
  • Illuminated with fun cultural references
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Current affairs make this a particularly appropriate time for the publication of a book tracing the history and interpretation of the ten Articles of the Bill of Rights. While various citizen groups claim individual articles in support of their positions, very few of us are sufficiently versed in either the Framers’ intentions or the Article’s subsequent history and interpretation to argue either for or against them knowledgeably. Gun possession, freedom of speech, religious freedom, executive power, government surveillance – what exactly was the intent of the Framers? What are the arguments surrounding them today? How did we get from that original intent to where we are now? The Framers of the Constitution were educated men of the Enlightenment and intended the constitution of the new country to reflect that. This lively history traces the origin of that thinking and how the Framers used their philosophical and religious understanding in drafting the Amendments. The narrative goes on to examine their interpretation and disputation today. On the journey there are illuminating and entertaining diversions into the history of literature, religion, film, sports and popular culture.

A tour de force of legal scholarship, historical perspective, and cultural allusion, this book belongs on the bookshelf of every citizen, history buff, and lawyer as well as the high school civics student.

560 pages
Illustrated in full color
ISBN: 978-1945682001

560 pages
Illustrated in full color
ISBN: 978-1945682018