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Liberty Under Law: The Supreme Court in American Life (American Moment)

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The two-hundredth anniversary of the U.S. Constitution and the intense debates surrounding the recent nominees to the Supreme Court have refocused attention on one of the most fundamental documents in U.S. history — and on the judges who settle disputes over its interpretation.

Liberty under Law is a concise and readable history of the U.S. Supreme Court, from its antecedents in colonial and British legal tradition to the present. William M. Wiecek surveys the impact of the Court's power of judicial review on important aspects of the nation's political, economic, and social life. The author highlights important decisions on issues that range from the scope and legitimacy of judicial review itself to civil rights, censorship, the rights of privacy, separation of church and state, and the powers of the President and Congress to conduct foreign affairs.

Wiecek's own beliefs about the Court and the Constitution are unabashed and clearly stated. He expresses admiration for John Marshall while critically reviewing the mixed achievements of Marshall's successor, Roger Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott opinion, which upheld the legitimacy of slavery. And he offers sharp criticism of the Court's formalist era in the early twentieth century, when judicial obstructionists sought to shield a minority of wealth from the effects of democratic politics.

Throughout, Wiecek underscores the importance of disagreements over just what law is, and over the Court's role in interpreting that law. In so doing, he broadens the context for current debates about the Constitution and efforts to establish what some have called a jurisprudence of original intention. The mirror of history, heshows, reveals the limitations of such a narrow scope of interpretation.

Synopsis:

Liberty under Law is a concise and readable history of the U.S. Supreme Court, from its antecedents in colonial and British legal tradition to the present.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801835964
Foreword:
Kutler, Stanley I.
Author:
Kutler, Stanley I.
Author:
Wiecek, William M.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Courts
Subject:
Supreme court
Subject:
Judicial review
Subject:
Judicial review -- United States.
Subject:
Courts - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
American Moment (Paperback)
Series Volume:
100-194
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
9.00x6.04x.65 in. .74 lbs.

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