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The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever

The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever

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In 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a State of the Union Address that was arguably the greatest political speech of the twentieth century. In it, Roosevelt grappled with the definition of security in a democracy, concluding that "unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world." To help ensure that security, he proposed a "Second Bill of Rights"--economic rights that he saw as necessary to political freedom. Many of the great legislative achievements of the past sixty years stem from Roosevelt's vision. Using this speech as a launching point, Cass R. Sunstein shows how these rights are vital to the continuing security of our nation. This is an ambitious, sweeping book that argues for a new vision of FDR, of constitutional history, and our current political scene.

"Eminently readable and thought-provoking, Sunstein's The Second Bill of Rights is part history, part theory, and part survey of social-rights jurisprudence around the globe." ( American Prospect )

"Engaging, thoughtful and original." ( San Francisco Chronicle )

"Spirited and perfectly conceived." ( Washington Post Book World )

"An ingenious argument." ( New York Times Book Review )