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Landmark Supreme Court cases : a reference guide
Lively, Donald E., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
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ix, 374 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1460 Lexile.
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"Written specifically for students and general readers, this resource provides accessible discussions of 74 landmark Supreme Court cases that will help students understand the cases and their importance in American history. Cases selected are those in which the Supreme Court's decisions have had a profound impact on society and the future and a meaning that transcends the impact on the immediate parties."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

DONALD E. LIVELY is Dean of the Florida Coastal School of Law. He is author of Essential Principles of Communications Law (Praeger, 1991), Modern Communications Law (Praeger, 1991), The Constitution and Race (1992), and Foreshadows of the Law (Praeger, 1992).

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Designed for high-school students and general readers, this volume discusses 74 cases under four broad topics: the distribution of powers, the relationship between the nation and its states, concepts of equality, and individual rights. These are divided further into more specific topics. We found Lemon v. Kurzman in "The Fifteenth Amendment: Freedom of Religion" chapter in the section on individual rights. There is a three-and-a-half-page treatment of the case that includes a summary of key facts, analysis, and a brief bibliography. The thematic approach combined with fairly detailed discussion of individual cases works well. (Reviewed September 1, 1999)

Choice Review

Lively (Florida Coastal School of Law) usefully complements Joan Biskupic and Elder Witt's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (CH, Sep'97), The Supreme Court A-Z, ed. by Kenneth Jost (CH, Sep'97), and West's Encyclopedia of American Law (12v., 1998- ) by focusing on specific landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court and placing them in social and historical context. The work has four parts: "Separation and Distribution of Powers," "Power to Regulate or Affect the National Economy," "Equality Concepts," and "Individual Rights and Liberties." Each part treats a set of legal topics addressed by the Court ("Equality Concepts" includes racial and gender equality, for example) and begins with a summary of the issues and the times. Cases are presented in chronological order so the reader sees the changes in legal thought over time. Lively summarizes the Court's opinions in plain English, making the ideas more accessible to general readers, and he explains clearly the significance of the decisions. US Reports citations are given and brief bibliographies follow the case summaries. The work concludes with a glossary, the US Constitution, a table of cases, and an index. It covers cases and issues often sought by undergraduates (flag burning, capital punishment, Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade) and discusses them in greater depth than West's Encyclopedia in similar jargon-free language. S. Clerc; Southern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
I Separation and Distribution of Powersp. 1
1 The Power of Judicial Reviewp. 3
2 The Power of the Presidentp. 21
3 The Power of Congressp. 29
II Power to Regulate or Affect the National Economyp. 43
4 Federal Power to Regulate Interstate Commercep. 45
5 State Police Power and the Dormant Commerce Clausep. 55
6 Federal Preemption of State Lawp. 67
7 Privileges and Immunitiesp. 73
III Equality Conceptsp. 79
8 Economic Regulationp. 81
9 Racial Issuesp. 85
10 Gender Issuesp. 143
11 Fundamental Rightsp. 149
IV Individual Rights and Libertiesp. 163
12 The First Amendment: Freedom of Speechp. 165
13 The First Amendment: Freedom of Associationp. 217
14 The First Amendment: Freedom of the Pressp. 221
15 The First Amendment: Freedom of Religionp. 257
16 The Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizurep. 277
17 The Fifth Amendment: Self-Incriminationp. 291
18 The Sixth Amendment: the Right to Counselp. 297
19 The Eighth Amendment: Cruel and Unusual Punishmentsp. 303
20 The Fourteenth Amendmentp. 311
Glossaryp. 345
Appendix A

p. 351

Appendix B

p. 355

Indexp. 371
About the Authorp. 375