This concise, accessible text provides students with a history of American constitutional development in the context of political, economic, and social change. Constitutional historian Michael Benedict stresses the role that the American people have played over time in defining the powers of government and the rights of individuals and minorities. He covers important trends and events in U.S. constitutional history, encompassing key Supreme Court and lower-court cases. The volume begins by discussing the English and colonial origins of American constitutionalism. Following an analysis of the American Revolution's meaning to constitutional history, the text traces the Constitution's evolution from the Early Republic to the present day. This fourth edition is updated to include the 2016 election, the Trump administration, the 2020 election, and the first activities of the Biden administration.
Michael Les Benedict is a prominent American historian who taught at Ohio State University from 1970 until his retirement in 2005.
PrefaceIntroduction: The American Constitution and American Constitutional History
NEW CHAPTER 24: Constitutional Crisis
Appendix A Articles of ConfederationAppendix B Constitution of the United StatesAppendix C Justices of the United States Supreme CourtAppendix D Tables of CasesIndex