We celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the Constitution this year confident that it will survive for at least another hundred years. As is true of many things American, the observance of the occasion has devoted more than enough attention to the historic days of 1787 when the document was drafted. The Constitution of today, in reality, consists not only of the original text but of significant court decisions over the years. To gain some understanding of what is meant by constitutional rights today requires a review of some of the important cases. The focus here is on the shift from the courts' early emphasis on property rights to the later attention to what might be called personal rights and is largely a historical and chronological review rather than a philosophical one.
Joseph F. Weis Jr.,
The Constitution's Second Century - The Shift in Emphasis from Property Rights to Personal Rights,
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol26/iss1/3