The Potable Constitution

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 15, p. 1, 1998

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper

10 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2006

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James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law


According to Richard Hofstadter, the United States was born in the country and has moved to the city. As a result, the quest to divine meaning from the United States Constitution might more profitably speak of farmers' intent rather than framers' intent. This article proposes a seminar on The Potable Constitution, a tour of American constitutional law using naught but cases involving liquor, beer, wine, and milk.

Keywords: constitution, constitutional law, farmers, agriculture, beverages, beer, wine, liquor, milk, dairy, commodities, humor, Eighteenth Amendment, Twenty-First Amendment, commerce clause, dormant commerce clause, equal protection, freedom of speech, commercial speech

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Chen, James Ming, The Potable Constitution. Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 15, p. 1, 1998; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

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