The Rehnquist Legacy

Author: Craig Bradley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521859196
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book is a legal biography of William Rehnquist of the U. S. Supreme Court.

The Judicial Power of the United States

Author: John V. Orth
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195364859
Format: PDF, ePub
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Although less than fifty words long, the meaning of the seemingly simple Eleventh Amendment has troubled the Supreme Court at crucial points in American history and continues to spur sharp debate in present-day courts. The first amendment adopted after the Bill of Rights, the Eleventh Amendment limits the exercise of U.S. judicial power when American states are sued. Its modern meaning was largely shaped around cases concerning the liability of Southern states to pay their debts during and after Reconstruction; by shielding states from liability, the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Eleventh Amendment eased the establishment of post-Reconstruction Southern society and left a maddeningly complicated law of federal jurisdiction. Here, Orth reconstructs the fascinating but obscure history of the Eleventh Amendment--the labyrinth of legal doctrine, the economic motives and consequences, the political context, and the legacy of the past--over the last two centuries. Using quotes from Wordsworth, Shaw, Mark Twain, Margaret Mitchell, and other writers to clarify and invigorate his narrative, Orth finally makes accessible an important but complex slice of constitutional history.

The Partisan Republic

Author: Gerald Leonard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107024161
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Provides a compelling account of early American constitutionalism in the Founding era.

Interpreting the Constitution

Author: Erwin Chemerinsky
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0275926745
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Interpreting The Constitution" doesn't fit neatly into the extensive literature on judicial review and constitutional interpretation that reconciles judicial review with democracy defined as majority rule. Indeed, Chemerinsky criticizes this method of interpretation and contends that the Constitution exists to protect political minorities and fundamental rights from majority rule. Chapter by chapter, he keenly defends this unique method of interpretation, challenges the general approach, and offers thorough, expert coverage.