American Supreme Court

ISBN-10: 0226556824
ISBN-13: 9780226556826
Edition: 4th 2005
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Description: First published more than forty years ago, Robert G. McCloskey's classic work on the Supreme Court's role in constructing the U.S. Constitution has introduced generations of students to the workings of our nation's highest court. In this fourth  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

First published more than forty years ago, Robert G. McCloskey's classic work on the Supreme Court's role in constructing the U.S. Constitution has introduced generations of students to the workings of our nation's highest court. In this fourth edition, Sanford Levinson extends McCloskey's magisterial treatment to address the Court's most recent decisions, including its controversial ruling in Bush v. Gore and its expansion of sexual privacy in Lawrence v. Texas. The book's chronology of important Supreme Court decisions and itsannotated bibliographical essay have also been updated.As in previous editions, McCloskey's original text remains unchanged. He argues that the Court's strength has always been its sensitivity to the changing political scene, as well as its reluctance to stray too far from the main currents of public sentiment. Levinson's two new chapters show how McCloskey's approach continues to illuminate recent developments, such as the Court's seeming return to its pre-1937 role as "umpire" of the federal system. It is in Bush v. Gore, however, where the implications of McCloskey's interpretation stand out most clearly.The best and most concise account of the Supreme Court and its place in American politics, McCloskey's wonderfully readable book is an essential guide to its past, present, and future prospects of this institution.

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface to the First Edition
The Genesis and Nature of Judicial Power
The Establishment of the Right to Decide: 1789-1810
The Marshall Court and the Shaping of the Nation: 1810-1835
The Court under Taney: The Natural History of Judicial Prestige
Constitutional Evolution in the Gilded Age: 1865-1900
The Judiciary and the Regulatory State: 1900-1937
The Modern Court and Postwar America: 1937-1959
Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and the Supreme Court
Judicial Monitoring of the New American Welfare State Epilogue: The Court of Today and the Lessons of History Coda Important Dates
Bibliographical
Essay
Index

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