Intervention and Detachment: Essays in Legal History and Jurisprudence

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byG. Edward White

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This collection of essays by G. Edward White provides, in one place, discussion of a number of the substantive issues of current interest in American legal history and jurisprudence. Ranging through a diverse body of subjects, including "doing history" (methodology and practice), judicialreview, and the politics of jurisprudence, the author both explores important topics and raises critical issues affecting the process of writing legal history. Topics include the nature and process of "revisionism" in historical writing, the role of lawyers in the New Deal, the roles of evidence andinterpretation in legal history, critical theory, the significance of the Supreme Court in American culture, the historiography of the Marshall Court, and the career of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Written by one of the nation's preeminent legal historians, Intervention and Detachment skillfullyintegrates the theoretical and the concrete, offering scholars and students a vital survey of modern American legal history.

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This collection of essays by G. Edward White provides, in one place, discussion of a number of the substantive issues of current interest in American legal history and jurisprudence. Ranging through a diverse body of subjects, including "doing history" (methodology and practice), judicialreview, and the politics of jurisprudence, the a...

G. Edward White is at University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction I. Doing History: MethodologyTruth and Interpretation in Legal HistoryThe Text, Interpretation, and Critical StandardsThe Art of Revising History: Revisting The Marshall CourtII. Doing History: PracticeThe Intergrity of Holmes' JurisprudenceLooking at Holmes in the MirrorRevisiting the New Deal Legal GenerationFelix Frankfurter, the Old Boy Network, and the New Deal: The Placement of Elite Lawyers in Public Service in the 1930sIII. Judicial ReviewReflections on the Role of the Supreme Court: The Contemporary Debate and the "Lessons" of HistoryJudicial Activism and the Identity of the Legal ProfessionChief Justice Marshall, Justice Holmes, and the Discourse of Constitutional AdjudicationIV. The Politics of JurisprudenceThe Inevitability of Critical Legal StudiesFrom Realism to Critical Legal Studies: A Truncated Intellectual HistoryConclusionIndex

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"...a thoughtful and nuanced approach to legal historiography....G. Edward White brings to legal history his considerable depth of thought and clarity of expression."--Sean Patrick O'Rourke, The American Journal of Legal History