The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008

The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008

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by Lucas A. Powe Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674032675

ISBN-13: 9780674032675

Pub. Date: 04/17/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In this book, a leading historian of the Court reveals the close fit between its decisions and the nation's politics. The story begins with the creation of the Constitution and ends with the June 2008 decisions on the rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Rendering crisp (and often controversial) judgments on key decisions from Marbury v. Madison to the War on Terror…  See more details below

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In this book, a leading historian of the Court reveals the close fit between its decisions and the nation's politics. The story begins with the creation of the Constitution and ends with the June 2008 decisions on the rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Rendering crisp (and often controversial) judgments on key decisions from Marbury v. Madison to the War on Terror, Lucas Powe shows how virtually every major Supreme Court ruling, however deftly framed in constitutional terms, suited the wishes of the most powerful politicians of the time. This history reflects a changing Court, from the country's early struggles over commerce and transportation to the torturous justifications of slavery before the Civil War, to a post-New Deal interest in ending segregation, controlling criminal procedure, and addressing knotty questions arising from the Cold War. Through all of this the Court emerges as part of a ruling regime, doing its best to implement the regime's policies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032675
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 4.50(d)

Table of Contents

I Very Modest Beginnings 1

II The Court in a Two-Party Republic 29

III The States and the Republic 58

IV The Sectional Crisis and the Jacksonian Court 85

V Civil War and Reconstruction 116

VI Industrializing America 148

VII Progressivism, Normalcy, and Depression 177

VIII After the New Deal Constitutional Revolution 213

IX Reforming America 248

X An Uneasy Status Quo 283

XI An Imperial Court 312

Chronology 351

Notes 361

Selected Bibliography 389

Index of Cases 395

General Index 407

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