American Supreme Court

ISBN-10: 0226556875
ISBN-13: 9780226556871
Edition: 5th 2010
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Description: Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Robert 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. For this new fifth edition,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Robert 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. For this new fifth edition, Sanford Levinson extends McCloskey's magisterial treatment to address the Court's most recent decisions. As in prior editions, McCloskey's original text remains unchanged. In his historical interpretation, he argues that the strength of the Court 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 sentiments. In two revised chapters, Levinson shows how McCloskey's approach continues to illuminate developments since 2005, including the Court's decisions in cases arising out of the War on Terror, which range from issues of civil liberty to tests of executive power. He also discusses the Court's skepticism regarding campaign finance regulation; its affirmation of the right to bear arms; and the increasingly important nomination and confirmation process of Supreme Court justices, including that of the first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor. 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 the past, present, and future prospects of this institution.

Preface to the Fifth 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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