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Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court
Savage, D. G. (David G.)
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court / Joan Biskupic and Elder Witt. 3rd ed. c1997.
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No other reference on the US Supreme Court offers so much detail and insight in so readable a format. Now revised and updated through 2003, this classic reference explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions, to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life. The new fourth edition includes recent events, cases and controversies that have molded a distinct legacy for the Rehnquist Court: from the firestorm over Bush v. Gore, the landmark gay-rights decision in Lawrence v. Texas, and the recent University of Michigan affirmative action decisions, to the rejuvenation of states rights, the Rehnquist Court has rewritten Supreme Court history. Guide to the US Supreme Court covers the Court's entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices. Appendixes provide additional information on the Court such as the Judiciary Acts of 1789 and 1925 and a list of Acts of Congress found by the Court to be unconstitutional. A general name and subject in

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"We are infallible," wrote US Supreme Court justice Robert H. Jackson, "only because we are final." The American people place great faith in the deliberations of the nine men and women who each year hand down decisions that define American democracy for years to come, a point Savage makes effectively in this fourth edition. He and his colleagues revised and expanded this highly-regarded reference work (3rd ed., CH, Sep'97), providing 20 chapters divided into six parts plus an excellent selection of reference materials. Among the themes are the history of the Court, its role in defining government and the rights of individuals, its relationships with the legislative and executive branches, the nature of the Court's organization and traditions, and brief biographies of the justices themselves. Savage acknowledges the work of previous editors, but also takes note of the new materials in this edition on religion, free speech, states' rights, capital punishment, and gay rights. Valuable both to general readers and specialized researchers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. T. Walch Hoover Presidential Library