The Morality of Consent

Yale University Press, 1975.

Winner of the 1976 Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association

Chosen as one of the Notable Books of 1975 by the American Library Association

“This short but provocative volume . . . is a fitting testimony to the author’s extraordinary, though tragically brief, career as a constitutional scholar, lawyer and teacher. In just a hundred and a half literate pages, we are treated to vintage Bickel insight into every major political issue of the decade, from the civil rights movement, to the Warren Court, through the frenetic university upheavals, and—inevitably—to Watergate. . . . A tapestry woven by a master of subtle color and texture.”

-Alan M. Dershowitz, New York Times Book Review

“Presents the core of [Bickel’s] legal and political philosophy. . . . . In the five essays that compose this volume Bickel explores the relationship between morality and law, examining the role of the Constitution and Supreme Court in our political process, the nature of citizenship, the First Amendment, civil disobedience, and the moral authority of the intellectual. . . . All will be stimulated by Bickel’s thoughtful message.”


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Constitutionalism and the Political Process

Chapter 2: Citizen or Person? What Is Not Granted Cannot Be Taken Away

Chapter 3: Domesticated Civil Disobedience: The First Amendment, from Sullivan to the Pentagon Papers

Chapter 4: Civil Disobedience, Revolution, and the Legal Order

Chapter 5: Moral Authority and the Intellectual

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