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The Taft Court : justices, rulings, and legacy
Renstrom, Peter G., 1943-
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

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xiv, 331 pages : portraits ; 27 cm.
The Taft Court and the period -- The justices -- Significant decisions -- Legacy and impact.
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An authoritative survey of the Taft Court, which served from 1921 to 1929, and the impact it had on the U.S. legal system, social order, economics, and politics.

* An A-Z set of entries on the people, laws, events, and concepts that are important to an understanding of the Taft Court

* A photograph of and a brief bibliography on each justice

Author Notes

Peter G. Renstrom is professor of political science at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

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Choice Review

Renstrom (Western Michigan Univ.) is the editor of a series of volumes (eight in print, six to follow), each bearing the name of a chief justice. The purpose of the series is to reach experts and general readers by giving some transparency to the arcane recesses of constitutional law. In the first section Renstrom outlines the milieu in which the Taft court functioned, followed by brief biographies and photographs of the justices who served with Taft, and concluding with a discussion of important decisions rendered during the period and an analysis of the Taft legacy. Part 2 is essentially a reference manual including term-by-term statistics (1921-27), a table of cases, a glossary of legal terminology, and an annotated bibliography. Although the author does not present any new material, he captures the flavor of the Taft years and emphasizes the significant role played by the chief justice in producing landmark decisions. The book is a good read and a solid source of information for those interested in the constitutional history of the period. It is also a serious antidote to the popular history of the "roaring twenties" with its emphasis on Harding "normalcy," Prohibition, and the excesses and frivolities of that decade. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. R. J. Steamer emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Part 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacyp. 1
1 The Taft Court and the Periodp. 3
Woodrow Wilson and World War Ip. 3
The Postwar Periodp. 5
Prelude to Normalcyp. 7
The 1920 Election: The Triumph of Conservative Republicanismp. 10
The Harding Presidency and Normalcyp. 12
The Scandalsp. 17
Calvin Coolidgep. 19
The 1924 Presidential Election: The Democratic Divide and the Progressive Demisep. 21
Herbert Hoover and the Great Depressionp. 22
Assembling the Taft Courtp. 25
Taft as Chief Justicep. 35
References and Further Readingp. 36
2 The Justicesp. 39
The William McKinley Appointmentp. 40
The Theodore Roosevelt Appointmentsp. 44
The William H. Taft Appointmentsp. 52
The Woodrow Wilson Appointmentsp. 59
The Warren Harding Appointmentsp. 72
The Calvin Coolidge Appointmentp. 89
References and Further Readingp. 94
3 Significant Decisionsp. 97
Institutional Rulingsp. 99
Congress and Legislative Powerp. 106
Courts and Judicial Powerp. 110
Federal Commerce Powerp. 115
Sherman Actp. 122
Labor and Antitrustp. 125
Federal Taxing Powerp. 127
State Taxation, Rate Making, and Commercep. 129
Intergovernmental Tax Immunityp. 131
State Economic Regulation: Substantive Due Processp. 132
National Prohibitionp. 145
Individual Rightsp. 149
The Incorporation Questionp. 150
The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendmentp. 151
Selected First Amendment Rulingsp. 155
Rights of the Accusedp. 169
Equal Protection of the Law and Voting Rightsp. 177
References and Further Readingp. 181
4 Legacy and Impactp. 183
Doctrinal Legacy: Short and Long Termp. 190
The Taft Court Takings Clause and Zoningp. 196
Federal Institutional Authorityp. 198
Conclusionp. 212
References and Further Readingp. 213
Part 2 Reference Materialsp. 215
Key People, Laws, and Eventsp. 217
Appendix Term-by-Term Statisticsp. 263
Chronologyp. 273
Table of Casesp. 287
Glossaryp. 293
Annotated Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 319
About the Authorp. 333