Leaders of the Pack: Polls and Case Studies of Great Supreme Court Justices / Edition 1

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After an essay exploring the way scholars, students, judges, and lawyers rank U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Pederson (political science, Louisiana State U.) and Provizer (political science, Metropolitan State College of Denver) present 17 chapters profiling justices who have been categorized as "great" by at least one of the above groups for reasons of intellectual ability, writing ability, impact on law, leadership, or enhancement of the Court's power. The proceedings begin with John Marshall, who occupied the seat of Chief Justice from 1801 to 1835, and conclude with considerations of contemporary justices Rehnquist and O'Connor. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820463063
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Teaching Texts in Law and Politics Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287

Table of Contents

1 Selecting and Ranking Great Justices: Poll Results 1
2 John Marshall: The Supreme Court's Louis Armstrong 23
3 Joseph Story and a National System of Law 35
4 Roger B. Taney: A Jacksonian Chief Justice Who Favored "Dixie" on the Bench 51
5 John Marshall Harlan the Elder: Color-Blind Justice 61
6 Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Evolution of a Great Justice 74
7 Louis D. Brandeis: The Justice as Prophet and Teacher 90
8 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo: Striking a Balance Between Stability and Progress 99
9 Hugo L. Black: Constitutional Literalist and Absolutist 132
10 Felix Frankfurter: Constitutionalist Progressive 142
11 William O. Douglas: A Judge for the 21st Century 158
12 Charles Evans Hughes: An Eighteenth Century Statesman Redivivus 177
13 Harlan Fiske Stone: New Deal Prudence 190
14 Earl Warren: Justice as Fairness 200
15 William J. Brennan, Jr. and Human Dignity 215
16 William H. Rehnquist and the Conservative Counterrevolution 232
17 Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: Tall in the Saddle 246
18 Why No More Giants on the Supreme Court: The Personalities and the Times 262
List of Contributors 275
Index 277
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