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Illustrated great decisions of the Supreme Court
Mauro, Tony.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

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xvi, 288 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court is an essential introduction to the most important historical and current decisions of the Supreme Court. With over 75 photos, portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access subject/case index, this book is a perfect starting point for all research on Supreme Court decisions.

In each of the nearly 100 cases summarized, the author succinctly describes the decision, provides the backdrop and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and finally, discusses the impact of the decision on American citizens and American society. As the cases are referenced topically, the reader can easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas.

As a reliable source for quick information or the starting point for additional research, Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court is an essential addition to every public and high school library.

Author Notes

Tony Mauro is Supreme Court correspondent for American Lawyer Media and Legal Times

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Booklist Review

The 88 decisions included in this volume are intended as an introduction to the work of the Supreme Court. The author, a court journalist, views the selected cases, most covering civil and First Amendment decisions, as snapshots of American history between 1824 and 1999. Timely issues such as environmental law, zoning regulations, and gay rights are represented. Among the cases that are covered are Veronia School District 47J v. Acton (1995), upholding the right of public school systems to require random drug testing for student athletes, and Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. (1926), which gave constitutional protection to the concept of zoning, in addition to the familiar Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Clinton v. Jones, and Roe v. Wade. The entry for each case is at least two pages long and gives the date, the court citation, and the FindLaw Web site address. The decision is summarized in a short paragraph followed by the background and facts of the case, the court's reasoning and vote, and excerpts from the decision. The impact of the decision is discussed, and decisions that have been modified or overturned are so noted. Cases are arranged alphabetically, but a topical list provides quick access to the impact of rulings in particular areas of law. A concise introductory essay explains the process of the Supreme Court. Appendixes include the Constitution, a list of justices from the court's beginning, a succession chart of court seats, and a bibliography. There is also a list of online sources that give the full text of court decisions. Illustrations include portraits of some justices and plaintiffs, political cartoons, and photographs related to specific cases. The content is not as broad as in other titles on Supreme Court decisions, such as the publisher's two-volume Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (3d ed., 1997). However, the goal here is not to provide a cumulative record of cases but to illustrate the impact the court decisions have on American society. Some understanding of the legislative and judicial branches of government is helpful, but secondary-school and public libraries will find this title to be a useful quick-reference tool and a good starting point for student's research.

Choice Review

One of the hardest things for undergraduates to grasp is the sheer power and force of law that US Supreme Court decisions have on their lives. Mauro, in this fine introduction to recent and landmark decisions of the Court, evinces a broad understanding of the effects it has on all areas of government and social doctrine. Particularly useful are the brief biographies of all current and former Supreme Court justices as well as the succession charts underscoring the historical makeup and leanings of the Court. Every decision, listed alphabetically by case name, contains the FindLaw URL for locating the specific online decision of the Court. With Mauro's overview of the decision and social background of the case and an Internet connection, one can easily begin an undergraduate-level paper concerning many areas of political science or government. Although this volume, which covers 88 cases, is not as extensive in scope as Kermit L. Hall's Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (CH, Mar'93) or Donald E. Lively's Landmark Supreme Court Cases (Ch, Feb'00), the perspective of Mauro's "impact" summaries is invaluable. Recommended for college, university, and public libraries. R. H. McDonald; Auburn University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Agostini v. Feltonp. 7
Baker v. Carrp. 10
Bob Jones University v. United Statesp. 12
Bowers v. Hardwickp. 14
Brandenburg v. Ohiop. 17
Branzburg v. Hayesp. 19
Brown v. Board of Education of Topekap. 22
Buckley v. Valeop. 25
Buck v. Bellp. 29
Cantwell v. Connecticutp. 31
Chandler v. Floridap. 33
Chaplinsky v. New Hampshirep. 35
City of Boerne v. Floresp. 37
Civil Rights Casesp. 39
Clinton v. Jonesp. 42
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Healthp. 45
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Educationp. 49
Dennis v. United Statesp. 51
Edwards v. Aguillardp. 54
Furman v. Georgiap. 57
Gault, In rep. 62
Gibbons v. Ogdenp. 64
Gideon v. Wainwrightp. 66
Goldberg v. Kellyp. 68
Griggs v. Duke Power Co.p. 70
Griswold v. Connecticutp. 72
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeierp. 74
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United Statesp. 76
Humphrey's Executor v. United Statesp. 78
Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadhap. 81
Katz v. United Statesp. 85
Korematsu v. United Statesp. 87
Lee v. Weismanp. 90
Lemon v. Kurtzmanp. 93
Lochner v. New Yorkp. 95
Loving v. Virginiap. 98
Mapp v. Ohiop. 100
Marbury v. Madisonp. 102
McCulloch v. Marylandp. 104
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinsonp. 107
Miller v. Californiap. 109
Milligan, Ex partep. 112
Miranda v. Arizonap. 115
Muller v. Oregonp. 117
NAACP v. Buttonp. 120
National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.p. 122
Near v. Minnesotap. 125
New Jersey v. T. L. O.p. 127
New York Times Co. v. Sullivanp. 129
New York Times Co. v. United Statesp. 132
Oregon v. Mitchellp. 137
Pierce v. Society of Sistersp. 140
Plessy v. Fergusonp. 141
Plyler v. Doep. 144
Powell v. Alabamap. 146
Proprietors of Charles River Bridge v. Proprietors of Warren Bridgep. 148
Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commissionp. 152
Regents of the University of California v. Bakkep. 154
Reno v. American Civil Liberties Unionp. 158
Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginiap. 161
Roberts v. United States Jayceesp. 164
Roe v. Wadep. 166
Romer v. Evansp. 171
Rosenberg v. United Statesp. 173
Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United Statesp. 176
Schenck v. United Statesp. 178
School District of Abington Township v. Schemppp. 180
Scott v. Sandfordp. 182
Shaw v. Renop. 186
Shelley v. Kraemerp. 188
Sierra Club v. Mortonp. 190
Slaughterhouse Casesp. 192
Smith v. Allwrightp. 195
Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United Statesp. 197
Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Educationp. 199
Terry v. Ohiop. 202
Texas v. Johnsonp. 204
Thompson v. Oklahomap. 207
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Districtp. 209
United States v. Lopezp. 213
United States v. Nixonp. 215
United States v. The Schooner Amistadp. 218
United States v. Virginiap. 220
Vernonia School District 47J v. Actonp. 224
Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co.p. 226
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnettep. 228
Yick Wo v. Hopkinsp. 231
Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyerp. 232
Reference Materials
Constitution of the United Statesp. 237
The Justicesp. 245
Succession Chart of Supreme Court Seatsp. 267
Online Sources of Decisionsp. 271
How to Read a Court Citationp. 273
Selected Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 279