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The Essential Supreme Court Decisions, 15th Edition: Summaries of Leading Cases in U.S. Constitutional Law / Edition 15

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Overview

This landmark book has long been the gold standard of concise summaries of important U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. constitutional law. The book incorporates every facet of constitutional law, including the powers and privileges of the three branches of the national government, federalism, war powers, and extensive briefs on civil rights and liberties. This new edition has been thoroughly revised, reorganized, and updated through the end of the 2008 term.

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The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions remains the most comprehensive single collection of the Court's decisions. As with earlier editions, it is indispensable for the study of the work of the Supreme Court. Decisions are organized by constitutional articles, the Bill of Rights, and amendments. For example, chapter 8 includes decisions ranging from Barron v. Baltimore (1833) to Duncan v. Louisiana (1968), all of which address the application of provisions of the Bill of Rights to the various states. Each chapter includes an analysis of the relevant decisions and the context in which the Court acted. Appendixes provide the text of the Constitution, a glossary of legal terms, an alphabetical listing of cases, and a chronological listing of cases by chief justice. The ratified amendments to the Constitution are listed as 'articles,' reflecting the drafting terminology of 'articles of amendment.' Thus readers find in the constitutional text 'Article I,' ratified in 1791, which includes the Bill of Rights provisions commonly known as the First Amendment. Though this may be misleading for some readers, it does not represent a textual flaw in this excellent collection. Summing Up: Essential.
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The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions remains the most comprehensive single collection of the Court's decisions. As with earlier editions, it is indispensable for the study of the work of the Supreme Court. Decisions are organized by constitutional articles, the Bill of Rights, and amendments. For example, chapter 8 includes decisions ranging from Barron v. Baltimore (1833) to Duncan v. Louisiana (1968), all of which address the application of provisions of the Bill of Rights to the various states. Each chapter includes an analysis of the relevant decisions and the context in which the Court acted. Appendixes provide the text of the Constitution, a glossary of legal terms, an alphabetical listing of cases, and a chronological listing of cases by chief justice. The ratified amendments to the Constitution are listed as 'articles,' reflecting the drafting terminology of 'articles of amendment.' Thus readers find in the constitutional text 'Article I,' ratified in 1791, which includes the Bill of Rights provisions commonly known as the First Amendment. Though this may be misleading for some readers, it does not represent a textual flaw in this excellent collection. Summing Up: Essential.
David Schultz
The 15th edition of Essential Supreme Court Decisions is the most comprehensive collection of Supreme Court decisions in print. John Vile has admirably carried on the great tradition of this volume, distilling the greatest decisions of the Supreme Court into easy-to-read briefs that explain the context, facts, issues, reasoning, and significance for each. This is an indispensable volume for scholars and professors who want to know and understand what the Court has said and why in its most important cases. The beauty of Essential Supreme Court Decisions is in how easy it is to read, how comprehensive the coverage, and how scholarly and balanced the treatment of the decisions are.
Henry J. Abraham
Having worn well for more than half-a-century, Essential Supreme Court Decisions continues to bring a much needed, comprehensive, no nonsense, no frills, format for studying basic elements of constitutional law. No wonder that it has been so popular with students and faculty alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442203853
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Edition description: Fifteenth Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 572
  • Sales rank: 419,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifteenth Edition
Acknowledgments
Article I: The Legislative Branch
Article II: The Executive Branch
Articles I and II: Distinct Yet Overlapping Powers
Article III: The Judicial Branch
Articles IV and VI: Federalism
Articles V and VII: Constitutional Amending Process and Ratification of the Constitution
Property Rights
The Bill of Rights and Its Application to the States \
First Amendment: Religious Rights
First Amendment: Political Rights
Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments
Ninth Amendment, Right to Privacy, and Other Unenumerated Rights
Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments
Voting Rights
Members of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-2010
The Constitution of the United States
Glossary of Legal Terms
Alphabetical List of Cases Briefed
Chronological List of Cases by Chief Justice
Index
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