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America’s Unwritten Constitution by Akhil Reed Amar

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CHAPTER 3

HEARING THE PEOPLE

America’s Lived Constitution

Be it ever so humble, the home looms large in American culture and also in America’s Constitution, both written and unwritten.

HOME SWEET HOME (1877).

Be it ever so humble, the home looms large in American culture and also in America’s Constitution, both written and unwritten.

NOTHING IN THE WRITTEN CONSTITUTION explicitly guarantees the right to have a pet dog, to play the fiddle, to relax at home, to enjoy family life with your loved ones, to raise your children, or to wear a hat. Yet these and countless other liberties are generally upheld by American governments, absent compelling reasons for abridgment. Many of Americans’ most basic rights are simply facts of life: “This is how we, the people, do things in ...

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