Geoffrey R. Stone - Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century
One of our leading constitutional scholars, Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and author of the multi-award winning Perilous Times, a groundbreaking history of the abridgement of First Amendment rights in wartime. In this new book, Stone traces the history of efforts to manage sexual behavior with legislation, something that the founders, by separating church and state, meant to rule out. Their Enlightenment values, however, were challenged by late 19th-century laws banning pornography, contraception, and abortion. More clashes between sexual freedom and sexual morality followed in later decades, and Stone tracks the debate as it played out in major High Court cases such as Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and Obergefell v. Hodges.