The Pursuit of Justice: Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped America by Kermit L. Hall

The Pursuit of Justice: Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped America

byKermit L. Hall, John J. Patrick

Hardcover | November 15, 2006

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With a survey of the thirty Supreme Court cases that, in the opinion of U.S. Supreme Court justices and leading civics educators and legal historians, are the most important for American citizens to understand, The Pursuit of Justice is the perfect companion for those wishing to learn moreabout American civics and government. The cases range across three centuries of American history, including such landmarks as Marbury v. Madison (1803), which established the principle of judicial review; Scott v. Sandford (1857), which inflamed the slavery argument in the United States and led tothe Civil War; Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which memorialized the concept of separate but equal; and Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which overturned Plessy. Dealing with issues of particular concern to students, such as voting, school prayer, search and seizure, and affirmative action, and broaddemocratic concepts such as separation of powers, federalism, and separation of church and state, the book covers all the major cases specified in the national and state civics and American history standards. For each case, there is an introductory essay providing historical background and legal commentary as well as excerpts from the decision(s); related documents such as briefs or evidence, with headnotes and/or marginal commentary, some possibly in facsimile; and features or sidebars on principalplayers in the decisions, whether attorneys, plaintiffs, defendants, or justices. An introductory essay defines the criteria for selecting the cases and setting them in the context of American history and government, and a concluding essay suggests the role that the Court will play in thefuture.

About The Author

Kermit L. Hall is at University at Albany. John J. Patrick is at Indiana University (Emeritus).

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Title:The Pursuit of Justice: Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.82 × 11.1 × 0.91 inPublished:November 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311892

ISBN - 13:9780195311891

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