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The Taft Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

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An authoritative survey of the Taft Court, which served from 1921 to 1929, and the impact it had on the U.S. legal system, social order, economics, and politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072806
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/12/2003
  • Series: ABC-CLIO Supreme Court Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Pt. 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacy 1
1 The Taft Court and the Period 3
Woodrow Wilson and World War I 3
The Postwar Period 5
Prelude to Normalcy 7
The 1920 Election: The Triumph of Conservative Republicanism 10
The Harding Presidency and Normalcy 12
The Scandals 17
Calvin Coolidge 19
The 1924 Presidential Election: The Democratic Divide and the Progressive Demise 21
Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression 22
Assembling the Taft Court 25
Taft as Chief Justice 35
2 The Justices 39
The William McKinley Appointment 40
The Theodore Roosevelt Appointments 44
The William H. Taft Appointments 52
The Woodrow Wilson Appointments 59
The Warren Harding Appointments 72
The Calvin Coolidge Appointment 89
3 Significant Decisions 97
Institutional Rulings 99
Congress and Legislative Power 106
Courts and Judicial Power 110
Federal Commerce Power 115
Sherman Act 122
Labor and Antitrust 125
Federal Taxing Power 127
State Taxation, Rate Making, and Commerce 129
Intergovernmental Tax Immunity 131
State Economic Regulation: Substantive Due Process 132
National Prohibition 145
Individual Rights 149
The Incorporation Question 150
The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment 151
Selected First Amendment Rulings 155
Rights of the Accused 169
Equal Protection of the Law and Voting Rights 177
4 Legacy and Impact 183
Doctrinal Legacy: Short and Long Term 190
The Taft Court Takings Clause and Zoning 196
Federal Institutional Authority 198
Conclusion 212
Pt. 2 Reference Materials 215
Key People, Laws, and Events 217
App Term-by-Term Statistics 263
Chronology 273
Table of Cases 287
Glossary 293
Annotated Bibliography 307
Index 319
About the Author 333
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