The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.
No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of the United States - the longest-serving in history - he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts. As the leading Federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of the city of Washington. D.C.
This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman - born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education - invented himself as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America's future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.
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About the Author
Joel Richard Paul is a professor of constitutional and international law at the University of California Hastings Law School in San Francisco. He is the author of Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post. He lives in northern California.
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Table of Contents
1 The Frontier Soldier 5
2 A Revolutionary Capital 20
3 Debating the Constitution 35
4 Slaves and Hypocrites 45
5 Innocence Lost 54
6 Citizen Genet 71
7 Entangling Alliances 87
8 Jay's Treaty 96
9 Talleyrand 114
10 Not a Sixpence 124
11 Love and War 133
12 Tossed into the Seine 147
13 The XYZ Papers 169
14 The Jonathan Robbins Affair 182
15 Privateers and Pirates 195
16 The New Order of Things 215
17 Showdown 231
18 A Strategic Retreat 243
19 Prizes of War 262
20 High Crimes 275
21 Treason 282
22 Estrangement 297
23 The Meaning of Sovereignty 306
24 Washington Burning 315
25 Friends and Enemies 326
26 The Supreme Law 339
27 The Pirate Lottery 348
28 The Great Steamboat Case 364
29 Public and Private 373
30 Right Remains with the Strongest 384
31 An Extravagant Pretense 396
32 In the Conqueror's Court 407
33 A Union Prolonged by Miracles 426
Selected Bibliography 477