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S no wigs; and on the day Oliver Wendell Holmes announced his resignation the same day that Earl Warren as a California District Attorney argued his first case before the Court The author brings the story right up to the present day offering balanced analyses of the pivotal Warren Court and the Rehnuist Court through 1992 including of course the arrival of Clarence Thomas In addition he includes four special chapters on watershed cases Dred Scott v Sanford Lochner v New York Brown v Board of Education and Roe v Wade Schwartz not only analyzes the impact of each of these epoch making cases he takes us behind the scenes drawing on all available evidence to show how the justices debated the cases and how they settled on their opinions Bernard Schwartz is one of the most highly regarded scholars of the Supreme Court author of dozens of books on the law and winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award In this remarkable account he provides the definitive one volume account of our nation's highest cour Seems pretty comprehensive at least from the perspective of a non expert Good to see the sweep of history and the principles that affect the Court's decision making process rather than just what's in the news Pet peeve the author likes to use uotes in multiple places when they're applicable in both

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When the first Supreme Court convened in 1790 it was so ill esteemed that its justices freuently resigned in favor of other pursuits John Rutledge stepped down as Associate Justice to become a state judge in South Carolina; John Jay resigned as Chief Justice to run for Governor of New York; and Alexander Hamilton declined to replace Jay pursuing a private law practice instead As Bernard Schwartz shows in this landmark history the Supreme Court has indeed travelled a long and interesting journey to its current preeminent place in American life In A History of the Supreme Court Schwartz provides the finest most comprehensive one volume narrative ever published of our highest court With impeccable scholarship and a clear engaging style he tells the story of the justices and their jurisprudence and the influence the Court has had on American politics and society With a keen ability to explain complex legal issues for the nonspecialist he takes us through both the great and the undistinguished Courts of our nation's Very good history on the Supreme Court Can be very dry at times and sometimes difficult to follow as it is heavy in judicial and legal terminology It was interesting to see how many modern day court cases have had historical precedent in cases centuries old The book ends in 1986 though so it could do with a much needed update As the author has now passed away such an update would have to be done by someone else

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History He provides insight into our foremost justices such as John Marshall who established judicial review in Marbury v Madison an outstanding display of political calculation as well as fine jurisprudence Roger Taney whose legacy has been overshadowed by Dred Scott v Sanford Oliver Wendell Holmes Louis Brandeis Benjamin Cardozo and others He draws on evidence such as personal letters and interviews to show how the court has worked weaving narrative details into deft discussions of the developments in constitutional law Schwartz also examines the operations of the court until 1935 it met in a small room under the Senate so cramped that the judges had to put on their robes in full view of the spectators But when the new building was finally opened one justice called it almost bombastically pretentious and another asked What are we supposed to do ride in on nine elephants? He includes fascinating asides on the debate in the first Court for instance over the use of English style wigs and gowns the decision gown A history of the US Supreme Court I had heard of justices like John Marshall Oliver Wendell Holmes Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall but had no real idea when and how they served on the bench The book divided the Court's history into sections highlighted by their Chief Justice ie the Marshall Court the Warren Court and talked about the personalities and judicial capabilities of the Chief the notable associate justices key cases and the effects their decisions had on the history of the United States The author also added chapters on four important cases the Court decided on The Dred Scott case Locher v New York Brown v Board of Education and Roe v Wade Overall it's as dry as you'd expect a Supreme Court history to be While I will easily forget some of the lesser justices and decisions I think I did understand some of the greater trends in Supreme Court history and how greatly they affected our growing nation

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6 thoughts on “A History of the Supreme Court

  1. says:

    Very good history on the Supreme Court Can be very dry at times and sometimes difficult to follow as it is heavy in judicial and legal terminology It was interesting to see how many modern day court cases have had historical precedent in cases centuries old The book ends in 1986 though so it could do with a much needed update As the author has now passed away such an update would have to be done by someone else

  2. says:

    A history of the US Supreme Court I had heard of justices like John Marshall Oliver Wendell Holmes Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall but had no real idea when and how they served on the bench The book divided the Court's history into sections highlighted by their Chief Justice ie the Marshall Court the Warren Court and talked about the personalities and judicial capabilities of the Chief the notable associate justices key cases and the effects their decisions had on the history of the United States The author also added chapters on four important cases the Court decided on The Dred Scott case Locher v New York Brown v Board of Education and Roe v Wade Overall it's as dry as you'd expect a Supreme Court history to be While I will easily forget some of the lesser justices and decisions I think I did understand some of the greater trends in Supreme Court history and how greatly they affected our growing nation

  3. says:

    Seems pretty comprehensive at least from the perspective of a non expert Good to see the sweep of history and the principles that affect the Court's decision making process rather than just what's in the news Pet peeve the author likes to use uotes in multiple places when they're applicable in both

  4. says:

    A very good history of the Supreme Court from the formation of the Supreme Court up until the Rehnuist court At the very beginning of the court it was a very undesirable position within the government many justices would leave for a better paying job within the government or in private life The book discusses the process in which the court works as well as history setting groundbreaking cases such as the Armistad case Roe v Wade in Miranda as well as many other cases

  5. says:

    A great one volume history of the US Supreme Court that superbly discusses The interplay of politics in the appointment process The role of personality and interplay between the justices in how opinions are forged The shifting philosophies of different phases of the Courts and how they relate to evolution of jurisprudence and the underpinnings of those philosophies Covers a good selection of landmark cases as well as other important cases along the way while doing a good job of describing the core elements in an appropriate amount of spaceOverall this book is a great introduction that doesn't necessarily need to be read all at once Although it only covers up to the Rehnuist Court it is still a great a surprisingly broad history Just don't be afraid to look up the occasional latin

  6. says:

    This was a history of the Supreme Court For those of us who are not legal scholars this was a good history I suspect those who study this would find this thinI fancy myself knowledgeable about SCOTUS and that is somewhat due to having read this about 15 years ago

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