Great Decision Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court

ISBN-10: 1586484265
ISBN-13: 9781586484262
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In 1800, the United States teetered on the brink of a second revolution. The presidential election between Adams and Jefferson was a bitterly contested tie, and the government neared collapse. The Supreme Court had no clear purpose or powerno one had even thought to build it a courtroom in the new capital city. When Adams sought to prolong his policies in defiance of the electorate by packing the courts, the fine words of the new Constitution could do nothing to stop him. It would take a man to make those words good, and America found him in John Marshall. The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state. Rich in atmospheric detail, political intrigue, and fascinating characters, The Great Decision is an illuminating tale of America's formative years and of the evolution of our democracy.

Prologue
Introduction
"This Gigantic Abortion"
John Adams Defeated
The Rise of the Cousins: A New Chief Justice and a New President
The Midnight Judges
President Jefferson
The Battle Lines Are Drawn
Marbury Files Suit
The Firestorm
Trial in the Supreme Court
Deliberation
Decision
The Meaning of Marbury
Epilogue
Marbury v. Madison
Stuart v. Laird
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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