222 years of inflation

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Aug 6, 2010 in The 2L Life | Subscribe

Earlier today I bought my textbooks for the upcoming semester, including my book for ConLaw I — Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law 3rd Edition casebook.

Lugging this thing to class is cruel and unusual punishment...

Now I’m not exactly as smart as our Founding Fathers, but I have to imagine even they would think this is a little excessive :beatup:

On the left: my pocket Constitution, in 10pt font, roughly 3.25″ wide by 6.25″ tall, including a Foreword, the Declaration of Independence, an Index, and a list of “Dates to Remember” relating to the Constitution’s creation and ratification, spanning a svelte 46 pages.

On the right: Chemerinsky’s casebook, also in 10pt font, roughly 7.25″ wide by 10″ tall, without any of the pocket Constitution’s “extras” yet spanning… 1,825 pages :surprised:

Can you picture how long it would have taken for the Founders to hand-write and then typeset something this huge back around 1788 when the Constitution took effect?

And how much bigger is this thing going to be 50ish years from now? :crack:

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3 Comments

Matthew Blackmon
Aug 7, 2010 at 4:10 PM

This post made me laugh so hard. I think its bittersweet that we have that much interpretation put into the constitution. Almost doesn’t seem right. Well have fun with that.


 
TDot
Aug 8, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Right now I’m just trying to figure out how we’re supposed to remember all of it for the bar exam in 2 years :crack:


 
Lotta
Aug 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry about that…


 

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