The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

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The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy presents an in-depth analysis of the decisions and impact of the U.S. Supreme Court during the three-decade tenure of Roger B. Taney, one of the most important chief justices in U.S. history. A careful analysis of landmark decisions such as Dred Scott v. Sandford, Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge, and Prigg v. Pennsylvania shows how the court interpreted issues of commerce, contracts, slavery, and separation of powers, and how, despite its perception as being pro-states rights, it actually expanded federal judicial power.

Profiles of the 20 justices who served on the Taney Court place a special emphasis on those who made the most significant impact, including Taney, Joseph Story, Benjamin Curtis, and John A. Campbell.

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"By putting the cases into historical context rather than historical events into the context of the cases, Huebner presents an impartial review of the judgments passed on Taney's impact. This approach itself is a valuable educational tool to teach students who come to the subject of Taney with opinions already set … recommended for high school, undergraduate, and public library collections."


American Reference Books Annual

"An excellent, clear, and fair account of the tenure of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney … Highly recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduates and above."



"Timothy S. Huebner … has produced a strong addition to the ABC-CLIO Supreme Court Handbooks series … The brevity of The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy makes it an excellent introduction for students and other interested readers."


Journal of Southern History

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Pt. 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacy 1
1 The Taney Court and the Period 3
2 The Justices 31
3 Major Decisions 115
4 Legacy and Impact 175
Pt. 2 Reference Materials 195
Key People, Laws, and Events 197
Excerpts from Landmark Decisions 211
Chronology 241
Table of Cases 249
Glossary 253
Annotated Bibliography 261
Index 269
About the Author 289
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