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The Stone court : justices, rulings, and legacy
Renstrom, Peter G., 1943-
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2001]

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xiii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
The Stone court and the period -- The justices -- Significant decisions -- Legacy and impact -- Key people, laws, and events.

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A comprehensive examination of the rulings, key figures, and legal legacy of the Stone Court.

* Analyzes all of the important decisions that made up the Stone Court's "revolution"--particularly those that redefined the federal government's authority to regulate the economy and social welfare

* Profiles the life and career of each justice, including eminent jurists Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, and Felix Frankfurter

Author Notes

Peter G. Renstrom is a professor of political science at Western Michigan University

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The Stone Court is an exemplary volume in the ABC-CLIO Supreme Court series about periods in the history of the Court defined by the chief justice. Renstrom (Western Michigan Univ.) examines the historical period, the justices of the Court and their significant decisions, and the impact of that Court on US law. The Stone Court era, which coincided almost exactly with US participation in WW II, provided a transition from a time when judicial values emphasized property rights and dual federalism to the modern era, which stresses civil liberties and expanded national power. Disagreement among the Court's Roosevelt appointees on vital issues such as judicial restraint, incorporation theories, and the preferred position doctrine threatened the Court's prestige. Despite the dissonance, the Stone Court was productive and creative and settled some of the most controversial issues facing the nation. Although criticized for antilibertarian wartime decisions, the Court's landmark cases expanded individual rights, recast the role of the national government in the federal system, met the challenges of WW II, encouraged the rights of organized labor, and used the Equal Protection Clause to protect racial minorities. Recommended at all levels. T. M. Vestal Oklahoma State University

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Part 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacyp. 1
1 The Stone Court and the Periodp. 3
The Great Depressionp. 4
The New Dealp. 7
The Hughes Court Responsep. 9
The Election of 1936--the "Referendum" on the New Dealp. 12
Reforming the Courts: The Court-Packing Proposalp. 12
The "Other" War: From Neutrality to Interventionp. 16
Assembling the Stone Courtp. 20
The Stone Court: An Aggregate Profilep. 30
Stone and Hughes: A Comparisonp. 32
Referencesp. 36
2 The Justicesp. 37
The Coolidge Appointmentp. 39
The Hoover Appointmentp. 42
The Roosevelt Appointmentsp. 46
The Truman Appointmentp. 82
Referencesp. 87
3 Significant Decisionsp. 89
Individual Rightsp. 90
First Amendment Issuesp. 92
Rights of the Accusedp. 105
Discriminationp. 112
Civil Liberties and the Warp. 120
Government Authority in Wartimep. 145
Federalismp. 157
Referencesp. 177
4 Legacy and Impactp. 179
World War IIp. 183
Regulatory Authority Independent of the War: The Commerce Powerp. 190
Civil Libertiesp. 193
Conclusionp. 201
Referencesp. 204
Part 2 Reference Materialsp. 205
Key People, Laws, and Eventsp. 207
Appendix I Selected Documents on the Relocation of the Japanesep. 249
Appendix II Footnote Four to United States v. Carolene Products Co.p. 255
Chronologyp. 257
Table of Casesp. 271
Glossaryp. 277
Annotated Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 305
About the Authorp. 319