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"[This book] 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 which the decisions were handed down...[Combining] doctrine and judicial biography with case law, [the authors] 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...[This book] portrays an institution defined by eloquent and pedestrian decisions and by justices ranging from brilliant and wise to slow-witted and expedient."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The origins of the U.S. Supreme Court The Jay and Ellsworth courts, 1789-1801 The Marshall court, 1801-1835 The Taney court, 1836-1864 The Chase court, 1864-1873 The Waite court, 1874-1888 The Fuller court, 1888-1910 The White court, 1910-1921 The Taft court, 1921-1930 The Hughes court, 1930-1941 The Stone court, 1941-1946 The Vinson court, 1946-1952 The Warren court, 1953-1969 The Burger court, 1969-1986 The Rehnquist court, 1986-2005 The Roberts court, 2005-2017.
KF8742 .H64 2018
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas,