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

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Overview

Until The New Press first published May It Please the Court in 1993, few Americans knew that every case argued before the Supreme Court since 1955 had been recorded. The original book-and-tape set was a revelation to readers and reviewers, quickly becoming a bestseller and garnering praise across the nation.

May It Please the Court includes both live recordings and transcripts of oral arguments in twenty-three of the most significant cases argued before the Supreme Court in the second half of the twentiethcentury. This edition makes the recordings available on an MP3 audio CD. Through the voices of some of the nation’s most important lawyers and justices, including Thurgood Marshall, Archibald Cox, and Earl Warren, it offers a chance to hear firsthand our justice system at work, in the highest court of the land.

Cases included: Gideon v. Wainwright (right to counsel) Abington School District v. Schempp (school prayer) Miranda v. Arizona (“the right to remain silent”) Roe v. Wade (abortion rights) Edwards v. Aguillard (teaching “creationism”) Regents v. Bakke (reverse discrimination) Wisconsin v. Yoder (compulsory schooling for the Amish) Tinker v. Des Moines (Vietnam protest in schools) Texas v. Johnson (flag burning) New York Times v. United States (Pentagon Papers) Cox v. Louisiana (civil rights demonstrations) Communist Party v. Subversive Activities Control Board (freedom of association) Terry v. Ohio (“stop and frisk” by police) Gregg v. Georgia (capital punishment) Cooper v. Aaron (Little Rock school desegregation) Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (public accommodations) Palmer v. Thompson (swimming pool integration) Loving v. Virginia (interracial marriage) San Antonio v. Rodriguez (equal funding for public schools) Bowers v. Hardwick (homosexual rights) Baker v. Carr (“one person, one vote”) United States v. Nixon (Watergate tapes) DeShaney v. Winnebago County (child abuse)

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

From the Publisher
"One of the most effective teaching tools available." —The Washington Post

"A front-row seat in America’s most powerful courtroom, where very, very few have had the opportunity to sit." —American Bar Association Journal

"A treasure trove . . . that provides insight into the Supreme Court and the judicial process that is otherwise available only to those who find themselves in Washington, D.C., at just the right time." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A strong and direct whiff of history." —The New York Times Book Review

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)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Irons is emeritus professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of numerous books on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation, including Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision and A People’s History of the Supreme Court. He is a co-editor of May It Please the Court: The Most Significant Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court Since 1955 (with Stephanie Guitton), May It Please the Court: The First Amendment: Live Recordings and Transcripts of the Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court in Sixteen Key First Amendment Cases, and May It Please the Court: Courts, Kids, and the Constitution: Live Recordings and Transcripts of Sixteen Supreme Court Oral Arguments on the Constitutional Rights of Students and Teachers, all published by The New Press. He has also contributed to numerous law reviews and other journals. He was chosen in 1988 as the first Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Rutgers University. He has been invited to lecture on constitutional law and civil liberties at the law schools of Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, and Stanford and at more than twenty other schools. In addition to his academic work, Irons has been active in public affairs. He is a practicing civil rights and liberties attorney and was lead counsel in the 1980s in the successful effort to reverse the World War II criminal convictions of Japanese Americans who had challenged the curfew and relocation orders. He was also elected to two terms on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Stephanie Guitton is a graduate of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a law degree from the University of Poitiers in France.

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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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