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The Hughes Court : justices, rulings, and legacy
Parrish, Michael E.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

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xiii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The Hughes Court and the period -- The justices -- Major decisions -- Legacy and impact.

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An in-depth analysis of the workings and legacy of the Supreme Court led by Charles Evans Hughes.

* Biographical portraits of the Hughes Court justices, including Harlan Fiske Stone, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, and William O. Douglas

* Extensive analysis of the major decisions of the Hughes Court, particularly in the areas of civil liberties and government and the economy

Author Notes

Michael E. Parrish is professor of history at the University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA.

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Booklist Review

Part 1 of this volume in the Supreme Court Handbooks series describes the justices, the major decisions, and the impact of the Hughes Court (1930^-1941). Part 2 offers reference materials, including an A^-Z listing of key people, laws, and events; a chronology; a table of cases; a glossary; and a bibliography.

Choice Review

An excellent addition to the ABC-CLIO Supreme Court Handbook series, this well-written, thoughtful discussion of the Court during the most tumultuous decades of the past century brings the key controversies, personalities, and cases into sharp focus. Parrish (history, Univ. of California, San Diego) provides brief and insightful biographies of the judges who served during the period when Hughes was chief justice (1930-41) and offers careful analyses of voting blocs and patterns. Critical cases regarding government's role in economic affairs are thoughtfully discussed, as are some of the interesting civil rights and foreign affairs cases of the era. Parrish examines the conventional wisdom that FDR attempted to "pack" the Court--resulting in the famous "switch in time that saved nine"--and finds it overstated and perhaps even false. The evolving notions among the swing voters of the era are well detailed, and Parrish presents a strong case that the change in the Court's attitude toward economic regulation was not as abrupt as many have argued. This is an excellent summary, survey, and analysis of a critical time in American history and for the Supreme Court. It is highly recommended for all libraries and would make an excellent supplementary text for upper-level and graduate courses in the area. E. Lewis New College of Florida

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Part 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacyp. 1
1 The Hughes Court and the Periodp. 3
Appointmentsp. 9
The Court and Its Recordp. 22
References and Further Readingp. 48
2 The Justicesp. 51
Justices of the Progressive Erap. 52
Justices of the Harding-Coolidge Erap. 73
Mr. Hoover's Courtp. 90
Roosevelt's Justicesp. 113
References and Further Readingp. 124
3 Major Decisionsp. 127
The Scope of Judicial Powerp. 128
Separation of Powersp. 136
Federalismp. 142
Government and the Economyp. 148
New Directions in Civil Libertiesp. 160
Righting Civil Wrongsp. 170
Crime and Punishmentp. 171
References and Further Readingp. 175
4 Legacy and Impactp. 177
References and Further Readingp. 187
Part 2 Reference Materialsp. 189
Key People, Laws, and Eventsp. 191
Chronologyp. 279
Table of Casesp. 293
Glossaryp. 301
Annotated Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 317
About the Authorp. 343