The Taney Court

Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

The Taney Court

An exploration of the US Supreme Court under Roger Taney during an era of dramatic selectionism, slavery and civil war. Included is a survey of the historical period and an examination of the decisions reached in the court's most important cases.

The United States Supreme Court

A Political and Legal Analysis

The United States Supreme Court

This lucidly-written text is aimed at students and teachers of American politics who have little or no previous knowledge of the United States Supreme Court, the third co-equal branch of national government.

Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution

Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution

Covers the people, court cases, historical events, and terms relating to one of the most studied political documents in schools across the country, the United States Constitution.

The Supreme Court

A Concise History

The Supreme Court

This essential historical overview begins by noting that the Supreme Court is -arguably the least known and understood of the three branches of government-. Robert W. Langran's innovative approach will do much to provide students with a good understanding of the changing role and accomplishments of the Court from its inception to its latest decisions. This book discusses the most important decisions of the Court in chronological rather than topical order, illustrating how the cases fit into an historical timeframe as well as what roles the most influential justices played. In an easy, conversational style, Robert W. Langran discusses how the Court was formed, how justices are selected, how the Court selects its cases, and the broad shifts of the Court with regard to doctrine and attention to the popular and governmental interests of each period. Students gain important insights into why each Court voted the way it did and how those decisions influenced the votes of future Courts. "The Supreme Court," an excellent supplementary text for undergraduate classes in American government and American history, as well as introductory classes in political science, contains useful appendixes listing all justices and all cases discussed."

The Rise of Modern Judicial Review

From Constitutional Interpretation to Judge-made Law

The Rise of Modern Judicial Review

'A clear, readable and fair account of the development of judicial review.'-Ashley Montagu

Supreme Court, The

Controversies, Cases, and Characters from John Jay to John Roberts

Supreme Court, The

"An insightful, essential chronological examination of the Supreme Court that enables readers to understand and appreciate the constitutional role the Court plays in American government and society"--

The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book

The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book

From the origins of the court to modern practical matters—including the federal judiciary system, the Supreme Court’s session schedule, and the argument, decision, and appeal process—this resource provides detailed answers on all aspects of the Supreme Court. Exploring the social, cultural, and political atmosphere in which judges are nominated and serve, this guide book answers questions such as When did the tradition of nine justices on the bench begin? When did the practice of hiring law clerks to assist with legal research and writing begin? and How do cases reach the Supreme Court? Details on historic decisions—including Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, and Bush v. Gore—accompany a thorough history of all 17 Supreme Court Chief Justices.

American Constitutional Law

Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes

American Constitutional Law

A course on constitutional law and civil liberties can be and is nothing less than an extended inquiry into the meaning of America. American Constitutional Law: Volume 1 Governmental Powers and Democracy, newly revised by Donald P. Kommers, John E. Finn, and Gary J. Jacobsohn, is a casebook made for such an inquiry. True to the liberal arts tradition from which it emerges, it goes beyond the facts and rulings of the great cases in American constitutional law to engage important issues of political theory and the nature of our constitutional democracy. Although the focus is on American constitutional law, Kommers, Finn, and Jacobsohn break new ground by incorporating comparative materials that enrich the study of the American Constitution by challenging the reader to assess American constitutional values in light of other traditions and understandings of constitutional governance. In an era of constitutional globalization, this new edition of a distinguished text is essential to an appreciation of tradition and diversity.Volume 1 focuses on governmental structures and relationships and includes a new chapter on elections and political representation.

States' Rights and American Federalism

A Documentary History

States' Rights and American Federalism

Explores the states' rights versus American federalism debate through this comprehensive collection of primary documents, reflecting the fervent stands of Americans throughout history.