The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

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The Supreme Court has been the site of some 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 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.

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Overview


The Supreme Court has been the site of some 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 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.

This new edition of the Guide contains more than 450 entries on major Supreme Court cases, including 53 new entries on the latest landmark rulings. Among the new entries are Bush v. Gore, Nixon v. United States, Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. Four decisions (Hamdi v. Bush, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Rasu v. Bush, and Rumsfeld v. Padilla) are considered in a single essay entitled "Enemy Combatant Cases." Arranged alphabetically and written by eminent legal scholars, each entry provides the United States Reports 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 important, the entries feature an informative account of the particulars of the case, the legal and social background, the reasoning behind the Courts decision, and the cases impact on American society. For this edition, Ely has added an extensive Further Reading section and revised the Case Index and Topical Index.

For anyone interested in the great controversies of our time, this invaluable book is a must reada primer on the epic constitutional battles that have informed American life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This one-volume work serves as an important introduction to Supreme Court cases and belongs in all reference collections." --CHOICE

"This Guide deserves high marks." --The Weekly Standard

"The most important U.S. Supreme Court cases through 2008 are concisely and expertly analyzed, with particular attention paid to historical and social backdrops and the relevant Court's particular approach thereto." --The Humanist

Library Journal

In this expansion of the 2000 edition, Hall (Oxford Companion to Supreme Court) and Ely (Bill of Rights in Modern America) assemble the scholarship of 161 field specialists, who summarize the Supreme Court's 440 most significant cases. Scholar-signed, multiparagraph entries are alphabetized by case name, include argued and decided dates, and detail vote divisions. The book closes with a glossary, an appendix containing the complete Constitution, a chronology of justices since 1789, and a list of presidential appointments. An outstanding single-volume reference.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195379396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 808,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Kermit Hall was President of the State University of New York at Albany.
James W. Ely Jr. is Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Professor of Law, and Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

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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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