The Living Constitution: Landmark Supreme Court Decisions

The Living Constitution: Landmark Supreme Court Decisions

by Peter P. Sgroi
     
 
This book discusses three landmark constitutional cases, decided by the Supreme Court, that examine the constitutional issues of interpretation, civil rights, and presidential power.

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This book discusses three landmark constitutional cases, decided by the Supreme Court, that examine the constitutional issues of interpretation, civil rights, and presidential power.

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Gr 7 Up Tautly constructed and thoroughly researched, this concise book recounts the fascinating story of three U.S. Supreme Court decisions which support Sgroi's thesis that the U.S. Constitution ``has not remained inflexible in meaning. . .but is a vibrant, fresh, and living document'' that serves as a ``permanent guideline'' for resolving contemporary legal problems. These same decisions, as Sgroi points out, also indicate that the Supreme Court has had an uneven record in staying free from transitory political pressures and influences. The cases delineated are Marbury vs. Madison (1803), Scott vs. Sanford (1857) (the Dred Scott Decision), and U.S. vs. Nixon (1974). The first established the principal of judicial review; the second whipped up antislavery sentiment in the North, ``accelerated the pace toward the Civil War,'' and tarnished the prestige of the Court; while the third reaffirmed judicial review, declared that presidents are not above the law and immune from criminal investigation, set some limits on presidential power, and recognized a constitutional basis for executive privilege. The book is an excellent companion to Andrew David's Famous Supreme Court Cases (Lerner, 1980) which covers school desegregation, affirmative action, and several other areas, and to Stephen Goode's study of the Warren and Burger courts, The Controversial Court (Messner, 1982). David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, Wash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671619725
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1987
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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