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University of Detroit Mercy
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His 466 - American Constitution
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University of Detroit Mercy 466 American Constitutional and Legal History 1865 to Present 3 0 Credits Section R1 Fall 2003 Instructor Office Office Hours Office Phone Course Meeting Times E Mail D Muhammad 323 Briggs Hall M W F 9 00 10 00 11 00 12 00 1 00 2 00 by Appt 313 993 1024 Thursdays 06 40 to 09 10 25 Briggs Hall muhammde udmercy edu Course Description The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the American legal tradition from the Civil War to present We will focus primarily United States Supreme Court cases in context while considering their impact on American life and history We will consider justice as fairness with respect to the following issues throughout the semester 1 Race and Ethnicity 2 Industrialization and Economic Expansion 3 Socio Economic Class and Privilege 4 Freedom and Democracy 5 Culture and Inequality We will also explore the backgrounds of the justices in terms of their education political ideology personal proclivities and the area of the United States from which they came the foregoing are important because scholars have noted that such are inherent in the decisions of the justices Lastly we will examine the Supreme Court s relationship to the United States Congress and the presidency Course Structure This course will function in a lecture seminar format that is the instructor will lecture during the first half of each class and discussion as well as student presentations will proceed Student presentations will be based on a particular court case justice or prominent societal issue Course Objectives 1 Students will know the facts of leading United States Supreme Court cases and their consequent watersheds in American history as well as many past and present personalities that served on the Court ie Waite Field Taft Holmes Douglas Frankfurter Warren Marshall Powell Rehnquist and O Connor 2 Students will able to discuss justice as fairness from a historical standpoint and its relevance to contemporary issues 3 Students will be able to write a persuasive historical research paper and defend his or her position based on primary and secondary sources Required Books Kelly Alfred et al The American Constitution Its Origin and Development 7th ed Vol II New York W W Norton 1991 PAGE 1 Urofsky Melvin and Paul Finkelman Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History Vol 2 From the Age of Industrialization to the Present New York Oxford University Press 2002 Supplementary Books on Library Reserve from which students will read selections and make presentations Benedict Michael Les The Blessings of Liberty A Concise History of the Constitution of the United States Lexington MA D C Heath 1996 Hall Kermit et al American Legal History Cases and Materials New York Oxford University Press 1996 Leeson Susan M and James C Foster Constitutional Laws Cases in Context New York St Martins Press 1992 Leutcheburg William E The Supreme Court Reborn The Constitutional Revolution in the Age of Roosevelt New York Oxford University Press 1995 Lofgren Charles The Plessy Case A Legal Historical Interpretation New York Oxford University Press 1987 Rehnquist William The Supreme Court New York Vintage 2001 Simon James F The Antagonists Hugo Black Felix Frankfurter and Civil Liberties in Modern America New York Touchstone 1989 Stevens Robert Law School Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s Chapel Hill University of North Carolina Press 1983 Tushnet Mark The NAACP s Legal Strategy against Segregated Education 1925 1950 Chapel Hill University of North Carolina Press 1987 Van Burkleo Sandra Constitutionalism and American Culture Writing the New Constitutional History Lawrence University of Kansas Press 2002 White G Edward Earl Warren A Public Life New York Oxford University Press 1992 Wolfe Christopher The Rise of Modern Judicial Review From Constitutional Interpretation to Judge Made Law New York Rowan Littefield 1994 Exceptional Rule If a student earns 95 or higher on the midterm exam he or she will be exempted from the final exam PAGE 2 Course Calendar and Reading Assignments Week 1 Sept 04 Week 2 Sept 11 Week 3 Sept 18 Week 4 Sept 25 Week 5 Oct 02 Week 6 Oct 09 Week 7 Oct 16 Week 8 Oct 23 Week 9 Oct 30 Week 10 Nov 06 Week 11 Nov 13 Introduction Review Course Syllabus and Scope of the Course Define American Legal History Reconstruction and the Supreme Court Kelly Chp 17 and Begin 18 Urofsky Cases 127 130 Corporate Dominance and the Supreme Court Kelly 18 19 Urofsky Cases 131 135 The Regulatory State and the Supreme Court Kelly Chps 20 21 Urofsky Cases 136 143 Film on President Theodore Roosevelt Civil Liberties and the Supreme Court Kelly Chps 22 23 Urofsky Cases 144 159 The New Deal and Supreme Court Kelly 24 25 Urofsky Cases 160 184 Mid Term Exam World War II and the Supreme Court Kelly 26 27 Urofsky Cases 185 201 Film Hirabayashi v U S The Cold War and Supreme Court Kelly 28 Urofsky Cases 185 201 Civil Rights and the Supreme Court Kelly Chp 29 30 Urofsky Cases 202 217 Film Separate but Equal Liberal Constitutionalism and the Supreme Court Kelly Chp 31 32 Urofsky Cases 218 230 Watergate Scandal and the Crisis of the Modern Presidency The Berger Court 33 36 Urofsky Cases 231 240 PAGE 3 Week 12 Nov 20 The Rehnquist Court Begin Student Presentations of Research Papers Week 13 Nov 27 No Class Thanksgiving Holiday Week 14 Dec 04 Student Presentations Continued Review for Final Exam Week 15 Dec 11 Final Exam Grades will be calculated in the following manner on a 500 Point Scale Presentations 50 Points Discussion Participation 100 Points Test 1 100 Points Research Paper 100 Points Final Exam Cumulative 150 Points PAGE 4


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