The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

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The Supreme Court has been the site of the great debates of American history, from child labor and prayer in the schools, to busing and abortion. The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions offers lively and insightful accounts of over four hundred of the most important cases ever argued before the Court, from Marbury v. Madison and Scott v. Sandford (the Dred Scott decision) to Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Here are the landmark decisions that have shaped American life, described by ...
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Overview

The Supreme Court has been the site of the great debates of American history, from child labor and prayer in the schools, to busing and abortion. The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions offers lively and insightful accounts of over four hundred of the most important cases ever argued before the Court, from Marbury v. Madison and Scott v. Sandford (the Dred Scott decision) to Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Here are the landmark decisions that have shaped American life, described by some of our most eminent legal scholars. Arranged alphabetically, each entry provides an up-to-date official citation, the date the case was argued and decided, the vote of the Justices, who wrote the opinion for the Court, who concurred, and who dissented. More importantly, the entries feature an informative account of the particulars of the case, the legal and social background, the reasoning behind the Court's decision, and the case's impact on American society.
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"A useful compendium of information about our highest court. The information contained within its thousand ppages ranges from biographical information to case annotations. This is the perfect gift for Constitutional Law enthusiasts."--The Cardozo Law Forum

"Captures all the drama and history that is the Supreme Court, including narratives on the Court's processes, practice procedures, and personalities, and specific entries on 400 of the Court's most significant decisions."--Legal Times

"Describes the justices, linchpin cases, recurrent issues, legal principles and procedures, Constitution, laws, and internal operations of the land's highest court."--Wilson Library Bulletin

"A landmark publication, representing the highest standard of American scholarship."--School Library Journal

"You can't go wrong with this vast new reference book to the U.S. Supreme Court."--California Lawyer

John Linsenmeyer
Oxford University Press has provided a readable and nontechnical compendium of the 440 most important cases decided by the Supreme COurt....All told, they did an excellent job....In short, this is a usefull and readable compendium of decisions in civil rights, criminal amd constitutional law, taxation and economics, which are central to our history.
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Ohio State dean and history/law professor Hall has assembled a stellar panel of experts to distill the essence of 440 key Supreme Court decisions. The cases are discussed in alphabetical order, with each ruling placed in its historical context. The true value of the book is that the contributors take a case like Brown v. Board of Education and provide a nontechnical, well-written explanation of its significance--and manage to do so in three pages of text. In the case of Brown, the contributor, a University of Chicago law professor, provides fascinating details such as citations from Chief Justice Earl Warren's memoirs on how the decisions were written. In some cases, additional references are cited for further research. The book includes a case index, a topical index, the Constitution of the United States, an appendix listing the Justices, and a glossary of legal terms. An impressive accomplishment, this guide will be invaluable to all students of United States history and will also appeal to sophisticated readers. For all public libraries.--Harry Charles, Attorney at Law, St. Louis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139242
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kermit L. Hall is Dean of the College of Humanities and Executive Dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, as well as a Professor of History and Law, at The Ohio State University. An expert in American constitutional and legal history, he is the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, which won awards from the American Bar Association, the New York Public Library, and the American Library Association, and of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to American Law. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    Helpful Guide

    The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions is an excellent reference for some of our country's most essential Supreme Court decisions. While the vast majority of the landmark decisions are in this book, there are a few missing. Overall however, an excellent help for anyone studying law or just fascinated by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Excellent Resource

    This book was an essential guide for my undergrad courses in Con. Law and Civil Liberties. It gives excelent, brief accounts of the most important cases in our country's history. Good for any political science, history or law student.

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