We the People

A Brief Introduction to the Constitution and Its Interpretation


We the People is, simply put, about the U.S. Constitution. The author takes an analytical approach to existing scholarship and presents a limited number of landmark Supreme Court decisions in a way that makes this important material more accessible to the general reader. Dahlin emphasizes, as the Preamble states, that it is We the People who have created the Constitution, and so We the People today need to have a solid understanding of 'our' document if we are to participate intelligently in the many important contemporary debates about what the Constitution does or does not mean and does or does not allow.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; September 2012
  • ISBN 9781137309396
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  • Title: We the People
  • Author: Donald C. Dahlin
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

DONALD C. DAHLIN is Professor of Political Science and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus at the University of South Dakota, USA. Currently a member of the American Bar Association's Standards Review Committee fellow of the Institute for Court Management, Dr. Dahlin has also served as Management Analyst in the United States Department of Justice, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Acting President of the University of South Dakota, Vice-chair of the South Dakota Constitutional Revision Commission, and a member of the five-person Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement. Most of his published research has focused on the work of state courts, including his monograph, Models of Court Management.