Akhil Reed Amar


Inspired by our constitutional forebears, and conscious of my responsibilities to our constitutional posterity, I took pen in hand two summers ago to write a series of short essays on our Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. These essays were written for public high school students, as part of an interactive multimedia project on the Bill of Rights, designed by IBM and various consultants. My task was a daunting one: to make our Bill of Rights and Fourteenth Amendment alive and real for youngsters-to teach the "Blessings of Liberty" to "our posterity," and to invite them into the ongoing American conversation about what rights, what liberties, they in turn should want to pass on to their posterity.


The Fifty-Seventh Cleveland-Marshall Fund Lecture