Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Most Influential Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States / Edition 1

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Overview

Through its interpretations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court issues decisions that shape American law, define the functioning of government and society, and address the most important issues of the day. Justices are nominated by the president, are confirmed by Congress, and receive lifetime appointments to their seats. No court in the country can overturn Supreme Court rulings. Famous cases such as Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. John F. A. Sandford, and Miranda v. Arizona are among the most important heard by the Court, but many others have also profoundly impacted American life.

For students of American history and political science, Landmark Supreme Court Cases provides current, concise, and thorough summaries of more than 350 of the most important and influential U.S. Supreme Court cases. Ideal as a quick reference or starting point for further research, the book covers cases on such issues as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, labor unions, abortion, antitrust and competition, due process, search and seizure, executive privilege, and more. Organized alphabetically by court case, each entry includes the case title and legal citation, year of decision, key issue, historical background, legal arguments, decision (majority and dissenting opinions), aftermath and significance, related cases, and recommended reading. Other features include a chronology of cases, an index of cases by parties and by popular titles, a subject index, a glossary of legal terms, and guidance on how to read a legal citation.

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Gr 9 Up-An excellent source for beginning researchers. The 350 cases considered are grouped under broad subjects such as abortion, privacy, freedom of religion, civil rights, due process, and freedom of speech and assembly. Each unbiased entry runs about two pages in length and is organized by sections discussing the key issues of the case and its history and offering a summary of the arguments presented, an overview of the decision, the response to it, and a list of related cases. The discussion of the case's significance and its implications will be useful for students. The appendixes include an alphabetical list of entries, a glossary, and a list of sources for each case. Donald Lively's Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Greenwood, 1999) examines 74 cases also under broad subject headings but does not organize the discussions under subheadings. Hartman's title includes more cases and is easier to use.-Madeleine G. Wright, New Hampton School, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816024520
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Library in a Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Abortion 1
Antitrust and competition 17
Civil rights and equal protection 27
Contracts 137
Due process 151
Executive privilege 227
Interstate commerce 237
Labor unions 261
Freedom of the press 269
Privacy 285
Freedom of religion 301
Search and seizure 333
Freedom of speech and assembly 359
Taxation 451
Jurisdiction 461
Additional cases 477
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