Essential Supreme Court Decisions: Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law / Edition 15

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Overview

First published in 1954, this indispensable reference quickly became the gold standard for concise summaries of important U.S. Supreme Court cases. The only reference guide to Supreme Court cases organized both topically and chronologically within chapters so that readers understand how cases fit into a historical context, the 15th edition has been extensively revised to ensure that it remains the most up-to-date resource available. An essential resource for law students, lawyers, and everyone interested in our nation's Constitution and the Supreme Court decisions that explicate it.

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The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions remains the most comprehensive single collection of the Court's decisions. As with earlier editions, it is indispensable for the study of the work of the Supreme Court. Decisions are organized by constitutional articles, the Bill of Rights, and amendments. For example, chapter 8 includes decisions ranging from Barron v. Baltimore (1833) to Duncan v. Louisiana (1968), all of which address the application of provisions of the Bill of Rights to the various states. Each chapter includes an analysis of the relevant decisions and the context in which the Court acted. Appendixes provide the text of the Constitution, a glossary of legal terms, an alphabetical listing of cases, and a chronological listing of cases by chief justice. The ratified amendments to the Constitution are listed as 'articles,' reflecting the drafting terminology of 'articles of amendment.' Thus readers find in the constitutional text 'Article I,' ratified in 1791, which includes the Bill of Rights provisions commonly known as the First Amendment. Though this may be misleading for some readers, it does not represent a textual flaw in this excellent collection. Summing Up: Essential.
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The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions remains the most comprehensive single collection of the Court's decisions. As with earlier editions, it is indispensable for the study of the work of the Supreme Court. Decisions are organized by constitutional articles, the Bill of Rights, and amendments. For example, chapter 8 includes decisions ranging from Barron v. Baltimore (1833) to Duncan v. Louisiana (1968), all of which address the application of provisions of the Bill of Rights to the various states. Each chapter includes an analysis of the relevant decisions and the context in which the Court acted. Appendixes provide the text of the Constitution, a glossary of legal terms, an alphabetical listing of cases, and a chronological listing of cases by chief justice. The ratified amendments to the Constitution are listed as 'articles,' reflecting the drafting terminology of 'articles of amendment.' Thus readers find in the constitutional text 'Article I,' ratified in 1791, which includes the Bill of Rights provisions commonly known as the First Amendment. Though this may be misleading for some readers, it does not represent a textual flaw in this excellent collection. Summing Up: Essential.
Henry J. Abraham
Having worn well for more than half-a-century, Essential Supreme Court Decisions continues to bring a much needed, comprehensive, no nonsense, no frills, format for studying basic elements of constitutional law. No wonder that it has been so popular with students and faculty alike.
David Schultz
The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions is the most comprehensive collection of Supreme Court decisions in print. John Vile has admirably carried on the great tradition of this volume, distilling the greatest decisions of the Supreme Court into easy-to-read briefs that explain the context, facts, issues, reasoning, and significance for each. This is an indispensable volume for scholars and professors who want to know and understand what the Court has said and why in its most important cases. The beauty of Essential Supreme Court Decisions is in how easy it is to read, how comprehensive the coverage, and how scholarly and balanced the treatment of the decisions are.
Marcus D. Pohlmann
The longevity of Professor Vile’s book attests to both its quality and utility. It is an excellent compilation organized in a uniquely valuable manner. Succinctly summarizing each of the seminal cases in terms of the facts, question, decision and reasoning is very useful as both a teaching tool and for quick reference. It is easy to understand its popularity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442203846
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Edition description: Fifteenth Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Vile is professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author or editor of numerous books on Political Science and Constitutional Law including Presidential Winner and Losers: Words of Victory and Concession; The Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments and A Companion to the U.S. Constitution and Its Amendments.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifteenth Edition
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Article I: The Legislative Branch
Chapter 2: Article II: The Executive Branch
Chapter 3: Articles I and II: Distinct Yet Overlapping Powers
Chapter 4: Article III: The Judicial Branch
Chapter 5: Articles IV and VI: Federalism
Chapter 6: Articles V and VII: Constitutional Amending Process and Ratification of the Constitution
Chapter 7: Property Rights
Chapter 8: The Bill of Rights and Its Application to the States \
Chapter 9: First Amendment: Religious Rights
Chapter 10: First Amendment: Political Rights
Chapter 11: Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments
Chapter 12: Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments
Chapter 13: Ninth Amendment, Right to Privacy, and Other Unenumerated Rights
Chapter 14: Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments
Chapter 15: Voting Rights
Members of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-2010
The Constitution of the United States
Glossary of Legal Terms
Alphabetical List of Cases Briefed
Chronological List of Cases by Chief Justice
Index

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