Laurence H. Tribe is the Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University. His books include American Constitutional Law, Constitutional Choices, and Abortion. (September 1998)

Pursuing the Pursuit of Happiness

Most of us have long taken for granted the promise of our Constitution that certain core liberties—including the freedoms of speech, press, and religion—cannot be abridged by the states or by the federal government without extraordinary justification. A point easily forgotten is that it was not always so—that, for nearly …