Liberty Under Law
The Supreme Court in American Life
The two-hundredth anniversary of the U.S. Constitution and the intense debates surrounding the recent nominees to the Supreme Court have refocused attention on one of the most fundamental documents in U.S. history—and on the judges who settle disputed over its interpretation.
Liberty under Law is a concise and readable history of the U.S. Supreme Court, from its antecedents in colonial and British legal tradition to the present, William M. Wiecek surveys the impact of the Court's power of judicial review on important aspects of the national's political, economic, and social life. The author highlights important decisions on issues that range from the scope and legitimacy of judicial review itself to civil rights, censorship, the rights of privacy, seperation of church and state, and the powers of the President and Congress to conduct foreign affairs.
About the Author
William M. Wiecek in Congdon Professor of Public Law & Legislation at Syracuse University College of Law and holds a joint appointment in the history department. His books include Nuclear America: Military and Civilian Nuclear Power in the United States, 1940-1980 and Equal Justic under Law: Constitional Development, 1835-1875.
"Those who teach constitutional history or constitutional law often find themselves looking for a short, interpretive history of constitutional law to assign to students... [Liberty under Law] provide[s] teachers with real choices when choice has been absent for such a long time."
"Students used to dull recitations of the facts will find this an unusually lively, significant interpretation of the importance of the judicial process in our society."
"A tightly drawn chronological examination of the origin and development of the Supreme Court's power of judicial review."
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