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A History of the Supreme Court by Bernard…

A History of the Supreme Court

by Bernard Schwartz

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‘A History of the Supreme Court’ delivers just what it says, a chronological study of the court from John Jay to William Renquist.
Each chapter focuses on the reign of a particular Chief Justice and the associate judges that came and went during that tenure. Author Bernard Schwartz pulls no punches in his views of particular courts or individual justices or their opinions. Interwoven are historical interpretations of the constitution to explain various judicial reasoning. Also, a couple of chapters are dedicated to major court decisions. Schwartz unabashedly supports activist judges and courts so conservative minded readers will need an open mind and a grain of salt.
‘A History of the Supreme Court’ is a tour through U.S. history as seen from the bench of the highest court in the land. Though written for the lay reader , one may want to be versed in some basic legal terminology and the constitution before diving in. ( )
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Bernard Schwartz's history treats the Court as "both a mirror and a motor--reflecting the development of the society which it serves and helping to move that society in the direction of the dominant jurisprudence of the day." Beginning with the 17th-century writings of Sir Edward Coke, which shaped much of the legal thinking of America's Founding Fathers, Schwartz considers each of the major eras of the Supreme Court's tenure, from its first term in 1790 (held in New York City) to the Rehnquist years. There are also four chapters that deal specifically with watershed cases: Dred Scott v. Sandford, Lochner v. New York, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade. Schwartz marshals a substantial amount of historical information to carry the story forward without getting stuck on minutiae.

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A comprehensive history of the United States Supreme Court from its ill-esteemed beginning in 1790 to one of the most important and controversial branches of the Federal government.

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