Supreme Court Justices: The Story of John Marshall

Overview

As a young man, John Marshall fought in the American Revolution. Later, he served in Congress and as U.S. secretary of state. At age forty-five, he became chief justice of the Supreme Court. With wisdom and integrity, Marshall built the Supreme Court into the venerated legal institution it is today.

His journey would not be easy. In its early years, the Supreme Court was ignored and ridiculed. John Marshall set out to change that. He took on landmark cases, such as Marbury v. ...

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Overview

As a young man, John Marshall fought in the American Revolution. Later, he served in Congress and as U.S. secretary of state. At age forty-five, he became chief justice of the Supreme Court. With wisdom and integrity, Marshall built the Supreme Court into the venerated legal institution it is today.

His journey would not be easy. In its early years, the Supreme Court was ignored and ridiculed. John Marshall set out to change that. He took on landmark cases, such as Marbury v. Madison and McCulIoch v. Maryland. The Court's epic decisions echoed across the nation, forming the bedrock of America's fledgling legal system. John Marshall never wavered from defending the U.S. Constitution. He is fondly remembered as America's greatest chief justice.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
These two biographies of Supreme Court Chief Justices Earl Warren and John Marshall follow similar formats: each begins with a brief look at the childhood of the Justice, and then focuses on their adult careers. The bulk of the chapters highlight their careers before their roles as Chief Justices on the Supreme Court; then the major court cases that were decided during their respective tenures on the Supreme Court. The last chapter describes their final years. Each book concludes with a section on selected court cases, a timeline, sources, bibliography, web sites, and an index. The series offers a range of highlighted justices who have made landmark historical decisions that continue to affect us today. These slim biographies are formatted to be easy to read. There are plenty of colored illustrations throughout the chapters. Earl Warren includes callout sections with pieces from his memoirs, interviews, and other primary texts. The biographies are well-researched with their sources cited. The series is a perfect collection to offer teens for biography projects, but the question is how many teens would choose to read about Supreme Court Justices, even for school assignments. The bottom line is these are definitely readable and informative biographies, but they will not fly off your shelves even with pushing. Other books in the series include Sonia Sotomayor and Thurgood Marshall. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351599
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Supreme Court Justices Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Defender of the Consitution 9

2 Lessons in Life and Law 17

3 Lawyer and Leader 29

4 Mission to France 41

5 In Service of the Nation 53

6 Marbury V. Madison 63

7 Justice and Controversy 73

8 Goldern Years 85

Selected Cases 96

Timeline 102

Sources 104

Bibliography 106

Web Sites 107

Index 108

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