Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution

Leonard W. Levy


Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution

Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution

  • Title: Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution
  • Author: Leonard W. Levy
  • ISBN: 9781566633123
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback



For than two hundred years a debate has raged between those who believe that jurists should follow the original intentions of the Founding Fathers and those who argue that the Constitution is a living document subject to interpretation by each succeeding generation The controversy has flared anew in our own time as a facet of the battle between conservatives and libeFor than two hundred years a debate has raged between those who believe that jurists should follow the original intentions of the Founding Fathers and those who argue that the Constitution is a living document subject to interpretation by each succeeding generation The controversy has flared anew in our own time as a facet of the battle between conservatives and liberals In Original Intent and the Framers Constitution, the distinguished constitutional scholar Leonard Levy cuts through the Gordian Knot of claim and counterclaim with an argument that is clear, logical, and compelling Rejecting the views of both left and right, he evaluates the doctrine of original intent by examining the sources of constitutional law and landmark cases Finally, he finds no evidence for grounding the law in original intent Judicial activism the constant reinterpretation of the Constitution he sees as inevitable.


Recent Comments "Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution"

Conservatives,· those great architects of negative advertising, enormous deficits, and a bankrupt foreign policy, have also created another profoundly absurd issue: that of Original Intent. "We need to return to the Constitution of the Founding Fathers," they cry, "down with judicial activism," (totally ignoring the 40 some years when a very conservative Supreme Court at the turn of the century moved in a very activist manner.) Leonard Levy, a leading constitutional historian, has mercilessly e [...]

A tough read. This book is an excellent resource for research and study. It is not an introductory text. Readers without a good background in period history will likely find it a plow. I recommend it for the accumulation of detail on the subject. In the past, I've found myself disagreeing with some of Levy's conclusions, but he absolutely bases his theses on facts and gives the reader every opportunity to review those facts.

Good rebuttal of the doctrine of original intent.


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