The Hughes Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

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Charles Evans Hughes, a man who, it was said, "looks like God and talks like God," became chief justice in 1930, a year when more than 1,000 banks closed their doors. Today the Hughes Court is often remembered as a conservative bulwark against Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. But that view, according to author Michael Parrish, is not accurate.

In an era when Nazi Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws and extinguished freedom in much of Western Europe, the Hughes Court put the stamp of constitutional approval on New Deal entitlements, required state and local governments to bring their laws into conformity with the federal Bill of Rights, and took the first steps toward developing a more uniform code of criminal justice.

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"[S]erves as an excellent introduction to its topic . . . [a] valuable piece of research, especially in light of its readability and annotations."


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"An excellent addition to the ABC-CLIO Supreme Court Handbook series, this well-written, thoughtful discussion of the Court during the most tumultuous decades of the past century brings the key controversies, personalities, and cases into sharp focus. . . . This is an excellent summary, survey, and analysis of a critical time in American history and for the Supreme Court."



Charles Evans Hughes served as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1930 to 1941. This text examines the Hughes Court using the same format as earlier entries in this series, with chapters on the court and its historical context, examinations of each of the justices that sat on the court, discussions of the most significant decisions rendered by the court, and an exploration of the doctrinal legacy of the court's impact on American constitutional law. Also included are encyclopedic entries on key people, laws, and events mentioned earlier in the text, a glossary of selected legal terms, an annotated bibliography, and a listing of Internet sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Pt. 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacy 1
1 The Hughes Court and the Period 3
2 The Justices 51
3 Major Decisions 127
4 Legacy and Impact 177
Pt. 2 Reference Materials 189
Key People, Laws, and Events 191
Chronology 279
Table of Cases 293
Glossary 301
Annotated Bibliography 307
Index 317
About the Author 343
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