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The Original Meaning of Civility: Democratic Deliberation at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention
Derek A. Webb, Stanford Law School, South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 64, No.1, 2012 For the past twenty years, legal scholars have pored over the records of the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention for insights into how to best interpret the Constitution’s various provisions. In this Essay, I pore over these same materials for insights into how the delegates to the Convention themselves maintained a level of civility through four months of grueling deliberations. At a time when our legislative assemblies, still today populated mostly by lawyers, are too often prone to incivility, ad hominem...
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Freedom of Speech, Liberal Democracy, and Emerging Evidence on Civility and Effective Democratic Engagement
  Toni M. Massaro  University of Arizona College of Law Robin Stryker  University of Arizona - Department of Sociology; University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law April 18, 2012 54 Arizona Law Review 375 (2012) Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-12Abstract:      On January 8, 2011, a mentally disturbed man opened fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at her “Congress on Your Corner” event. Six people died and several others, including the Congresswoman, were seriously wounded. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a renewed call to more civil political discourse arose,...
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