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Call # KF8742.Z9 H64 2007
Author Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944-
Title The Supreme Court : an essential history / Peter Charles Hoffer, Williamjames Hull Hoffer, N.E.H. Hull
Imprint Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2007
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Descript. ix, 491 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Summary/Abstract "The Supreme Court chronicles an institution that dramatically evolved from six men meeting in borrowed quarters to the most closely watched tribunal in the world. Underscoring the close connection between law and politics, the authors highlight essential issues, cases, and decisions within the context of the times in whicl1 the decisions were handed down. Deftly combining doctrine and judicial biography with case law, they demonstrate how the justices have shaped the law and how the law that the Court makes has shaped our nation, with an emphasis on how the Court responded-or failed to respond-to the plight of the underdog." "Each chapter covers the Court's years under a specific Chief Justice, focusing on cases that are the most reflective of the way the Court saw the law and the world and that had the most impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. Throughout the authors reveal how-in times of war, class strife, or moral revolution-the Court sometimes voiced the conscience of the nation and sometimes seemed to lose its moral compass. Their extensive quotes from the Court's opinions and dissents illuminate its inner workings, as well as the personalities and beliefs of the justices and the often-contentious relationships among them."--BOOK JACKET
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [463]-478) and index
Subject United States. Supreme Court -- History
Alt Author Hoffer, Williamjames
Hull, N. E. H., 1949-
OCLC # 123539592
Table of Contents
Pt. 1The Heroic Courts13
Ch. 1The Origins of the U.S. Supreme Court15
Ch. 2The Jay and Ellsworth Courts, 1789-180l29
Ch. 3The Marshall Court, 1801-183551
Ch. 4The Taney Court, 1836-186483
Ch. 5The Chase Court, 1864-1873108
Pt. IIThe Classical Courts129
Ch. 6The Waite Court, 1874-1888131
Ch. 7The Fuller Court, 1898-1910159
Ch. 8The White Court, 1910-1921191
Ch. 9The Taft Court, 1921-1930217
Ch. 10The Hughes Court, 1930-1941252
Pt. IIIThe Modern Courts279
Ch. 11The Stone Court, 1941-1946281
Ch. 12The Vinson Court, 1946-1952306
Ch. 13The Warren Court, 1953-1969333
Ch. 14The Burger Court, 1969-1986369
Ch. 15The Rehnquist Court, 1986-2005408
 Epilogue. The Court Today and Tomorrow443
 Bibliographic Essay463
 A photograph section appears following page238