The History of the Supreme Court of the United States

The History of the Supreme Court of the United States

by Owen M. Fiss
     
 

ISBN-10: 052186027X

ISBN-13: 9780521860277

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A highly interpretive and eminently readable study of the Supreme Court during the period in which Melvin Fuller was Chief Justice, offering a complete account of the cases the Court saw during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history. The legacy of the Supreme Court at the turn of the century has largely been negative: decisions such as Lochner v. New

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A highly interpretive and eminently readable study of the Supreme Court during the period in which Melvin Fuller was Chief Justice, offering a complete account of the cases the Court saw during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history. The legacy of the Supreme Court at the turn of the century has largely been negative: decisions such as Lochner v. New York (1905), Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Co. (1895), In re Debs (1895), and Plessy v. Ferguson have been seen by subsequent generations of lawyers and judges as embodying a judicial method and philosophy that should be avoided at all costs. This book places these decisions in their historical context. It rejects the crude instrumental interpretation of these decisions and explains them as the expression of a conception of liberty that has its roots in the founding of the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521860277
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States Series
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Legacy of Negative Examples: 1. Legitimacy and history; 2. The identity of the institution; Part II. Class Conflict and the Supreme Court: 3. Debs and the maintenance of public order; 4. Pollock - the redistributive function denied; Part III. The Response to Progressivism: 5. The Antitrust campaign; 6. Labor legislation and the theory of Lochner; 7. Rate regulation: the assault on Munn v. Illinois; Part IV. The Concept of the Nation: 8. The American empire?; 9. Federalism and liberty; Part V. Liberty Dishonored: 10. The Chinese cases: citizenship and the claims of procedure; 11. The early free speech cases; 12. Plessy, alas; 13. The end of a tradition?

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