May It Please the Court . . .: The Most Significant Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court Since 1955

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This unique insider's look at the Supreme Court in session includes live recordings and transcripts of actual landmark cases, including Miranda v. Arizona (the right to remain silent), Roe v. Wade (abortion rights), Bowers v. Hardwick (gay rights), Regents v. Bakke (reverse discrimination), Loving v. Virginia (interracial marriage), United States v. Richard Nixon (Watergate), and many others. Previously only available through a visit to the National Archive in Washington, these tapes bring pivotal moments in American legal history to life.

Now available in paperback, this bestselling collection of Supreme Court transcripts presents 23 of the most significant oral arguments made before the court since 1955. Also includes an introduction in which lawyers discuss their historic arguments, background to each of the cases, and excerpt's from the Courts opinions.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This remarkable book and audiocassette combination has already received much notice, due, ironically, to the legalities involved over the use of archival sources. Network television and National Public Radio have reported on the controversy, which should serve to increase public interest in these recordings of 23 landmark cases argued before the Supreme Court since 1955. Introductory material and other narration is provided by Peter Irons of the Earl Warren Bill of Rights Project of the University of California. Listeners are allowed a glimpse of modern history as never before; the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Watergate, and various other seminal social/moral/ethical disputes are played out in succinct, precise arguments. The sound of the actual history-making cases is thrilling. The accompanying hardcover book contains the text of each argument. This is a ``must have'' for law, academic, and large public libraries.-- Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565840362
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: BK&CSSTS
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 2.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "The Supreme Court: A Thrilling Place to Be"
Pt. 1 "Secure the Blessings of Liberty" 3
1 Baker v. Carr 7
2 United States v. Nixon 23
3 Deshaney v. Winnebago County 39
Pt. 2 "Congress Shall Make No Law" 57
4 Abington School District v. Schempp 61
5 Edwards v. Aguillard 75
6 Wisconsin v. Yoder 93
7 Cox v. Louisiana 105
8 Tinker v. Des Moines 121
9 Communist Party v. Subversive Activities Control Board 137
10 Texas v. Johnson 151
11 New York Times v. United States 167
Pt. 3 "In All Criminal Prosecutions" 181
12 Gideon v. Wainwright 185
13 Terry v. Ohio 199
14 Miranda v. Arizona 213
15 Gregg v. Georgia 229
Pt. 4 "The Equal Protection of the Laws" 245
16 Cooper v. Aaron 249
17 Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States 263
18 Loving v. Virginia 277
19 Palmer v. Thompson 291
20 Regents v. Bakke 305
21 San Antonio v. Rodriguez 321
Pt. 5 "A Right of Personal Privacy" 339
22 Roe v. Wade 343
23 Bowers v. Hardwick 361
Guide to Supreme Court Justices 376
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    Fascinating Experience

    This set is a fascinating experience for the lay-person, lawyer or student. Evocative of Edward R. Murrow's "I Can Hear It Now" collections, it offers us a front row seat to history, recordings of history in the making. The actual voices of some of the most influentual people in our nation's history. Together, the book and the tapes put to rest the notion that the law, or history for that matter, is dull, dry and inaccessible. These decisions that effect our everyday lives are compelling , controversial and compassionate and are recommended for anyone who wonders at the manner in which the Court plays its role in shaping our nation and our lives.Joe M. HayesSomewhere in America

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