This expanded and updated edition of a civil liberties classic meticulously examines and analyzes one of the most intriguing areas of contistutional law—civil rights and liberties. Its unique approach integrates lengthy excerpts from cases with comprehensive descriptive text to achieve a coherent chronological development of the law. Current through the 1990–91 term of the U.S. Supreme Court, each section has been updated to include additional coverage of capital punishment, religion, free speech, race, gender, and privacy cases. Barbara Perry has added recent findings as well as debates over the role of the courts in civil rights and liberties, and she has included a section on judicial selection and its impact on the future Supreme Court civil rights decisions. Civil Liberties Under the Consitution provides an introduction to the concepts of the open society, human dignity, and the sanctity of the individual—as enshrined in America's two-hundred-year-old Bill of Rights—that are currently reshaping the world's legal order.
The late M. Glenn Abernathy was Professor Emeritus, Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. Abernathy was author of The Right of Assembly and Association and the first five editions of Civil Liberties Under the Consitution.
Barbara A. Perry is associate professor and chair of the Department of Government at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. She is author of A "Representative" Supreme Court?: The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments and co-author of Unfounded Fears: Myths and Realities of a Constitutional Convention.