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Justice of shattered dreams : Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court during the Civil War era
Ross, Michael A. (Michael Anthony)
Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2003]

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xxii, 323 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
The Athens of the Kentucky highlands -- Keokuk rising -- The panic of 1857 -- Lincoln appoints a justice -- The consequences attendant upon treason -- Men incapable of forgiving or learning -- A new class that produces nothing -- The Slaughter-House cases -- Shattered dreams -- Danger from above and below.
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KF8745.M5 R67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Appointed to the US Supreme Court during the Civil War, Samuel Freeman Miller served on the nation's highest tribunal for 28 tumultuous years. This work portrays a passionate man grappling with the difficult legal issues arising from a time of wrenching social and political change.

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Ross's biography of Justice Samuel Freeman Miller is an extraordinary achievement--an analytical examination of a life without excessive praise or vitriol. His probing work seeks consistency in Miller's judicial ideology while examining its repercussions on a nation torn asunder. During his tenure on the Court, Miller sought a moderate path with contradictory ends--the protection of laissez-faire economics as well as the principle of equal protection under the law. Ross (Loyola Univ.) has paid close attention to what is Miller's most pertinent contribution to US jurisprudence: his majority opinions in Slaughterhouse Cases (1873), which strengthened the Fourteenth Amendment's protection of freedmen's citizenship rights. Also of note is the section on the presidential election of 1876, in which Miller found himself in the position of choosing between two candidates he thought unqualified to hold the nation's highest office. The author's writing style is lucid and succinct, which has made the book both informative and engrossing. It demands careful attention but rewards patience with an intricate portrait of a complex man who contributed greatly to the course of the post-Civil War US. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. C. Taylor Dickinson State University