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People's History of the Supreme Court

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ISBN-10: 0140292012

ISBN-13: 9780140292015

Edition: 1999

Authors: Peter H. Irons

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: "The Genius of the Constitution"
"To Establish a More Perfect Union"
"Morally Sinful by the Word of God": The law of the colonial era and its treatment of religious dissenters, women, blacks, and Indians
"The Exigencies of the Union": The Constitutional Convention meets in 1787; James Madison and the Virginia Plan
"Dishonorable to the National Character": The Framers debate the powers of Congress; the Great Compromise over slavery
"The Supreme Law of the Land": The Framers debate executive power and establish the Supreme Court
"The Country Must Finally Decide": The Framers debate a bill of rights; the final drafting and signing of the Constitution
"The Plot Thickens Fast": The states debate and ratify the Constitution
"The Nauseous Project of Amendments": The First Congress debates a bill of rights; the states ratify the first ten amendments
"It Is a Constitution We Are Expounding"
"The Court Is Now Sitting": Establishing the Supreme Court; its first sessions and members
Hayburn's Case (1792)
Chisholm v. Georgia (1793)
"To Say What the Law Is": Congress passes the Sedition Act; Chief Justice John Marshall and judicial power
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
"These Jarring and Discordant Judgments": The impeachment of Justice Samuel Chase; conflicts between federal and state powers
Fletcher v. Peck (1810)
Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816)
Cohens v. Virginia (1821)
"The Good and the Wise": Federal power over the states; the Court construes the Contract Clause
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
Dartmouth College v. Woodward (1819)
Sturges v. Crowninshield (1819)
Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
Ogden v. Saunders (1827)
Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
"Great, Good, and Excellent Man!": The Court first confronts slavery; Chief Justice Marshall dies and Roger Taney takes over
The Antelope (1825)
Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge (1837)
The Amistad (1841)
Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842)
"Justly and Lawfully Be Reduced to Slavery"
"A Small, Pleasant-Looking Negro": The background of the Dred Scott case and the legal rights of blacks
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)
"Beings of an Inferior Order": The Court decides that blacks are not citizens and have no legal rights
Dred Scott v. Sandford, cont. (1857)
"Another Explosion Will Soon Come": Reaction to the Dred Scott decision; the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Civil War
Ex Parte Milligan (1866)
"A Higher Law Than the Constitution": Congress adopts and the states ratify the Civil War amendments
Slaughterhouse Cases (1873)
United States v. Cruickshank (1876)
"An Evil Eye and an Unequal Hand": The Civil Rights Act of 1875; the disputed presidential election of 1876
Civil Rights Cases (1883)
Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886)
"Our Constitution Is Color-Blind": The Court confronts the Jim Crow system of racial segregation
Plessy v. Ferguson (1895)
"Liberty in a Social Organization"
"The Spectre of Socialism": The laissez-faire Constitution and the challenge of socialism and populism
Munn v. Illinois (1877)
Mugler v. Kansas (1877)
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway v. Minnesota (1890)
United States v. E. C. Knight Co. (1895)
Pollock v. Farmers' Loan Co. (1895)
In re Debs (1895)
"The Work Was Light and Healthful": The rights of workers and regulation of the workplace
Allgeyer v. Louisiana (1897)
Holden v. Hardy (1898)
Lochner v. New York (1905)
Muller v. Oregon (1908)
Adkins v. Childrens Hospital (1923)
"Falsely Shouting Fire in a Theatre": World War I, the Sedition Act, and free speech rights
Schenck v. United States (1919)
Debs v. United States (1919)
Abrams v. United States (1919)
"Every Idea Is an Incitement": The Court reacts to the Red Scare that followed the war
Gitlow v. New York (1925)
Whitney v. California (1927)
De Jonge v. Oregon (1937)
Herndon v. Lowry (1937)
"The General Welfare of the United States": The Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt, and the New Deal in court
Home Building and Loan Assn. v. Blaisdell (1934)
Nebbia v. New York (1934)
Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States (1935)
United States v. Butler (1936)
"To Save the Constitution from the Court": Roosevelt's court-packing plan and the Constitutional Revolution of 1937
Carter v. Carter Coal Co. (1936)
Morehead v. Tipaldo (1936)
West Coast Hotel v. Parrish (1937)
"Hughes Thundered Out the Decision": The demise of the laissez-faire Constitution; Roosevelt packs the Court with New Dealers
NLRB v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Co. (1937)
"Beyond the Reach of Majorities"
"We Live by Symbols": Footnote Four and the Jehovah's Witnesses cases
United States v. Carolene Products Co. (1938)
Minersville School Board v. Gobitis (1940)
West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
"A Jap's a Jap": The wartime internment of Japanese Americans and the redress movement
Hirabayashi v. United States (1943)
Korematsu v. United States (1944)
Ex parte Endo (1944)
"My Little Soul Is Overjoyed": The NAACP campaign against segregation; the Communist Party in the courts
Gaines v. Canada (1938)
Sipuel v. Oklahoma Board of Regents (1948)
Shelley v. Kraemer (1948)
Sweatt v. Painter (1950)
McLaurin v. Oklahoma (1950)
Dennis v. United States (1951)
"Give Me the Colored Doll": The school segregation cases
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
"War on the Constitution": The Brown decisions and the Little Rock insurrection against judicial authority
Brown v. Board of Education, cont. (1954)
Cooper v. Aaron (1958)
"A Better Place Because He Lived": The Warren Court and the Bill of Rights
Everson v. Board of Education (1947)
McCollum v. Illinois (1948)
Engel v. Vitale (1962)
Abington Township v. Schempp (1963)
Lee v. Weisman (1992)
Reynolds v. Sims (1964)
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964)
Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
United States v. O'Brien (1968)
Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
New York Times v. Sullivan (1964)
"A Right of Personal Privacy"
"You've Been Taking Pure Thalidomide": The Court deals with procreation
Skinner v. Oklahoma (1942)
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
"The Raw Edges of Human Existence": The issue of abortion
Roe v. Wade (1973)
"Truly a Pandora's Box": Affirmative action and gay rights
Regents v. Bakke (1978)
Bowers v. Hardwick (1986)
"I Fear for the Future": The Court divides over abortion, flag burning, and affirmative action
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989)
Texas v. Johnson (1989)
Richmond v. J. A. Croson Co. (1989)
Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)
Epilogue: "How to Treat Other People"
United States Constitution
The Justices of the Supreme Court
Sources for Further Reading