A History of the Supreme Court

A History of the Supreme Court When the first Supreme Court convened in it was so ill esteemed that its justices frequently resigned in favor of other pursuits John Rutledge stepped down as Associate Justice to become a state

  • Title: A History of the Supreme Court
  • Author: Bernard Schwartz
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  • Page: 318
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  • When the first Supreme Court convened in 1790, it was so ill esteemed that its justices frequently 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 practiceWhen the first Supreme Court convened in 1790, it was so ill esteemed that its justices frequently 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 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 gowns, 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 Rehnquist 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 court.

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    1. A history of the U.S. 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 (i.e 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 o [...]

    2. 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 quotes in multiple places when they're applicable in both.

    3. A great one volume history of the U.S. 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 [...]

    4. 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 thin.I fancy myself knowledgeable about SCOTUS, and that is somewhat due to having read this about 15 years ago.

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