Bill of Right books and web links


  • Origins of the Bill of Rights by Leonard W. Levy
  • The Great Rights of Mankind by Bernard Schwartz

History and implications of the Bill of Rights

  • Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples arranged for one volume by Henry Commager
  • 1215: the Year of Magna Carta by Danny Danziger & John Gillingham re-creates the life in the year of Magna Carta
  • The Portable Thomas Jefferson edited by Merrill D. Peterson
  • James Madison Writings selected and notes by Jack N. Rakove
  • Free Speech in its forgotten years by David M. Rabban
  • Freethinkers: a history of American secularism by Susan Jacoby

Implications of the Bill of Rights

  • The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s unfinished revolution and why we need it more than ever by Cass R. Sunstein
  • Abortion and Divorce in Western Law by Mary Ann Glendon compares U.S. policy guided by judicial decisions while Europe's often is by legislative processes
  • She’s Not There: a life in two genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Religion and the Bill of Rights

  • A New Religious America by Diana L. Eck — the values of a religiously diverse America.
  • Religion in American Public Life by A. James Reichley from Brookings Institution
  • One Electorate Under God? edited by E. J. Dionne, Jr., from the Pew Forum
  • What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak
  • We Were Baptized Too: Claiming God’s Grace for Lesbians and Gays. Forward by Desmond M. Tutu

The Bill of Rights and the Future

  • As Sick as it Gets by Rudolph Mueller, MD — the reality of America's health care; is health care an inalienable right?

Web links

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