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The Fourteenth Amendment

The Fourteenth Amendment

From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine

William E. Nelson

ISBN 9780674316263

Publication date: 08/11/1998

In a remarkably fresh and historically grounded reinterpretation of the American Constitution, William Nelson argues that the fourteenth amendment was written to affirm the general public’s long-standing rhetorical commitment to the principles of equality and individual rights on the one hand, and to the principle of local self-rule on the other.


  • An important and timely study...Nelson successfully demonstrates the substance and consistency of pre-Lochner Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence. This is a significant achievement.

    —Louis S. Gerteis, American Journal of Legal History


  • William E. Nelson is Professor of Law and History, New York University.

Book Details

  • 253 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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