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American Supreme Court - Revised

American Supreme Court - Revised - 4th edition

American Supreme Court - Revised - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780226556826

ISBN10: 0226556824

American Supreme Court - Revised by Robert G. McCloskey and Sanford Levinson - ISBN 9780226556826
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2005
International: No
American Supreme Court - Revised by Robert G. McCloskey and Sanford Levinson - ISBN 9780226556826

ISBN13: 9780226556826

ISBN10: 0226556824

Summary

In the more than thirty years since its original publication, The American Supreme Court has introduced several generations of students to the workings of the highest court of the United States. Now Sanford Levinson brings this classic work up-to-date, ensuring its continued relevance for decades to come.

In this historical interpretation of the Supreme Court's role in constructing the United States Constitution, McCloskey contends that the strength of the Court has always been in its sensitivity to the changing political scene and in its reluctance to stray too far from the main currents of public sentiments. Because of the essential ambiguity of the Constitution, McCloskey argues, the Court has always been an active branch of government.

Leaving McCloskey's original text unchanged, Levinson has added two new chapters covering the developments of the past thirty years, a coda, a revised chronology, and a totally new bibliographic essay. Also included is a new preface by Daniel J. Boorstin.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 The genesis and nature of judicial power
2 The establishment of the right to decide : 1789-1810
3 The Marshall Court and the shaping of the nation : 1810-1835
4 The court under Taney : the natural history of judicial prestige
5 Constitutional evolution in the Gilded Age : 1865-1900
6 The judiciary and the regulatory state : 1900-1937
7 The modern court and postwar America : 1937-1959
8 Civil liberties, civil rights, and the Supreme Court
9 Judicial monitoring of the new American welfare state
Epilogue : the court of today and the lessons of history