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The Resource Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century, Geoffrey R. Stone

Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century, Geoffrey R. Stone

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Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century
Title
Sex and the constitution
Title remainder
sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century
Statement of responsibility
Geoffrey R. Stone
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"There has never been a book like Sex and the Constitution, a one-volume history that chapter after chapter overturns popular shibboleths, while dramatically narrating the epic story of how sex came to be legislated in America. Beginning his volume in the ancient and medieval worlds, Geoffrey R. Stone demonstrates how the Founding Fathers, deeply influenced by their philosophical forebears, saw traditional Christianity as an impediment to the pursuit of happiness and to the quest for human progress. Acutely aware of the need to separate politics from the divisive forces of religion, the Founding Fathers crafted a constitution that expressed the fundamental values of the Enlightenment. Although the Second Great Awakening later came to define America through the lens of evangelical Christianity, nineteenth-century Americans continued to view sex as a matter of private concern, so much so that sexual expression and information about contraception circulated freely, abortions before "quickening" remained legal, and prosecutions for sodomy were almost nonexistent. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, however, reversed such tolerance as charismatic spiritual leaders and barnstorming politicians rejected the values of our nation's founders. Spurred on by Anthony Comstock, America's most feared enforcer of morality, new laws were enacted banning pornography, contraception, and abortion, with Comstock proposing that the word "unclean" be branded on the foreheads of homosexuals. Women increasingly lost control of their bodies, and birth control advocates, like Margaret Sanger, were imprisoned for advocating their beliefs. In this new world, abortions were for the first time relegated to dank and dangerous back rooms. The twentieth century increasingly saw the emergence of bitter divisions over issues of sexual "morality" and sexual freedom. Fiercely determined organizations and individuals on both the right and the left wrestled in the domains of politics, religion, public opinion, and the courts to win over the soul of the nation. With its stirring portrayals of Supreme Court justices, Sex and the Constitution reads like a dramatic gazette of the critical cases they decided, ranging from Griswold v. Connecticut (contraception), to Roe v. Wade (abortion), to Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage), with Stone providing vivid historical context to the decisions that have come to define who we are as a nation. Now, though, after the 2016 presidential election, we seem to have taken a huge step backward, with the progress of the last half century suddenly imperiled. No one can predict the extent to which constitutional decisions safeguarding our personal freedoms might soon be eroded, but Sex and the Constitution is more vital now than ever before."--Jacket
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Stone, Geoffrey R
Dewey number
345.7302/53
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9325
LC item number
.S76 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Sex and law
  • Sexual rights
  • Sex
  • Sex and law
  • Sex
  • Sexual rights
  • United States
  • LAW / Constitutional
Label
Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century, Geoffrey R. Stone
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 539-638) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Ancestors. The ancient world : the triumph of Augustine ; The power of revealed truth ; England, the Enlightenment, and "the age of Eros" --Part II: Founders. From Puritanism to the pursuit of happiness ; The world of the framers : a Christian nation? ; "The fundamental maxims of free government" -- Part III: Moralists. The Second Great Awakening ; "Tending to corrupt the public morals" : the meaning of obscenity ; Contraception and abortion : from the founding to the 1950s ; "Strange freaks of nature" ; Coming out -- Part IV: Judges : sexual expression and the Constitution. Obscenity and the First Amendment : "a corrupting and debasing" influence ; The end of obscenity? ; Sex and speech in the twenty-first century -- Part V: Judges : reproductive freedom and the Constitution. The Constitution and contraception ; The road to Roe ; Roe and beyond -- Part VI: Judges : sexual orientation and the Constitution. "The gay moment" ; A right to "retain their dignity" ; Same-sex marriage and the Constitution
Control code
1715648
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxxii, 668 pages
Isbn
9780871404695
Lccn
2016047264
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1715648
  • (Sirsi) 1715648
  • (OCoLC)960940558
Label
Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century, Geoffrey R. Stone
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 539-638) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Ancestors. The ancient world : the triumph of Augustine ; The power of revealed truth ; England, the Enlightenment, and "the age of Eros" --Part II: Founders. From Puritanism to the pursuit of happiness ; The world of the framers : a Christian nation? ; "The fundamental maxims of free government" -- Part III: Moralists. The Second Great Awakening ; "Tending to corrupt the public morals" : the meaning of obscenity ; Contraception and abortion : from the founding to the 1950s ; "Strange freaks of nature" ; Coming out -- Part IV: Judges : sexual expression and the Constitution. Obscenity and the First Amendment : "a corrupting and debasing" influence ; The end of obscenity? ; Sex and speech in the twenty-first century -- Part V: Judges : reproductive freedom and the Constitution. The Constitution and contraception ; The road to Roe ; Roe and beyond -- Part VI: Judges : sexual orientation and the Constitution. "The gay moment" ; A right to "retain their dignity" ; Same-sex marriage and the Constitution
Control code
1715648
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxxii, 668 pages
Isbn
9780871404695
Lccn
2016047264
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1715648
  • (Sirsi) 1715648
  • (OCoLC)960940558

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