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A comprehensive examination of the rulings, key figures, and legal legacy of the Stone Court.
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"An exemplary volume in the ABC-CLIO Supreme Court series. . . . Recommended at all levels."



This careful and clearly written study takes the reader through the history of the US Supreme Court of 1933-1946, during which Harlan Fiske Stone was appointed and eventually made chief justice under Franklin D. Roosevelt, with detailed treatment of the justices, the significant decisions of the court, and its legacy and impact, particularly in the areas of WWII, regulatory authority, and civil liberties. Two appendices provide Stone's "preferred position" doctrine from his 1938 opinion in and the documents and details behind the relocation of the Japanese during WWII. Renfield teaches at Western Michigan U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Preface xi
Part 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacy 1
1 The Stone Court and the Period 3
The Great Depression 4
The New Deal 7
The Hughes Court Response 9
The Election of 1936--the "Referendum" on the New Deal 12
Reforming the Courts: The Court-Packing Proposal 12
The "Other" War: From Neutrality to Intervention 16
Assembling the Stone Court 20
The Stone Court: An Aggregate Profile 30
Stone and Hughes: A Comparison 32
References 36
2 The Justices 37
The Coolidge Appointment 39
The Hoover Appointment 42
The Roosevelt Appointments 46
The Truman Appointment 82
References 87
3 Significant Decisions 89
Individual Rights 90
First Amendment Issues 92
Rights of the Accused 105
Discrimination 112
Civil Liberties and the War 120
Government Authority in Wartime 145
Federalism 157
References 177
4 Legacy and Impact 179
World War II 183
Regulatory Authority Independent of the War: The Commerce Power 190
Civil Liberties 193
Conclusion 201
References 204
Part 2 Reference Materials 205
Key People, Laws, and Events 207
Appendix I Selected Documents on the Relocation of the Japanese 249
Appendix II Footnote Four to United States v. Carolene Products Co. 255
Chronology 257
Table of Cases 271
Glossary 277
Annotated Bibliography 289
Index 305
About the Author 319
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