American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction (Very by G. Edward White PDF

By G. Edward White

ISBN-10: 0199766002

ISBN-13: 9780199766000

Legislations has performed a vital function in American heritage. From colonial instances to the current, legislation has not only mirrored the altering society within which criminal judgements were made-it has performed a strong function in shaping that society, although now not continuously in optimistic methods.

Eminent felony pupil G. Edward White-author of the continued, multi-volume legislations in American History-offers a compact evaluation that sheds gentle at the impression of legislation on a few key social matters. instead of provide a directly chronological background, the ebook in its place strains vital threads woven all through our nation's previous, taking a look at how legislations formed local American affairs, slavery, company, and residential existence, in addition to the way it has handled legal and civil offenses. White exhibits that legislations has no longer constantly been used to exemplary ends. for example, a sequence of choices by way of the Marshall court docket primarily marginalized Amerindians, indigenous humans of the Americas, lowering tribes to wards of the govt.. Likewise, legislation firstly legitimated slavery within the usa, and criminal associations, together with the perfect court docket, did not unravel the tensions stirred up via the westward growth of slavery, finally sparking the Civil battle. White additionally seems on the growth of legislation concerning estate rights, which have been very important to the colonists, a lot of whom left Europe hoping to develop into land proprietors; the evolution of legal punishment from a public demonstrate (the shares, the gallows) to a personal felony procedure; the increase of tort legislation after the Civil warfare; and the development in felony schooling, relocating from casual apprenticeships and lax criteria to fashionable legislations faculties and rigorous bar exams.

In this illuminating examine the pivotal function of legislations in American lifestyles, White deals us an exceptional first step to a greater appreciation of the functionality of legislation in our society.

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387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 Copyright © 2009 Michael G. , Inc. For picture credits please see page 243 Distributed in Canada by Sterling Publishing c/o Canadian Manda Group, 165 Dufferin Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3H6 Distributed in the United Kingdom by GMC Distribution Services Castle Place, 166 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England BN7 1XU Distributed in Australia by Capricorn Link (Australia) Pty. Ltd. O. com. CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction: “A Government of Laws, Not Men” CHAPTER 1 HOW THE SUPREME COURT BECAME SUPREME 1.

Buckley v. Valeo Money Talks: Campaign Finance Reform and the First Amendment 1976 14. Davis v. FEC Can an Election Be Bought? 2008 15. Bush v. Gore Did the Supreme Court Play Politics in the 2000 Election? 2000 CHAPTER 6 THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT 16. Griswold v. Connecticut The Unwritten Right of Privacy 1965 17. Roe v. Wade Does the Right of Privacy Include the Right to an Abortion? 1973 18. Washington v. Glucksberg The Right to Die 1997 19. District of Columbia v. Heller The Right to Bear Arms 2008 CHAPTER 7 “BIG GOVERNMENT” IN YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR BACKYARD 20.

They needed, and therefore created, the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court keeps the Constitution alive in two related ways. First, in the same way it interprets statutes, it interprets the Constitution. Does the First Amendment right of free speech allow you to burn the flag as a political statement? Does the Constitution’s “Commerce Clause” allow Congress to outlaw racial discrimination, or Internet pornography? Supreme Court justices decide these issues, and the myriad of other questions that define our rights and lifestyles, through a process that is both rooted in historical precedent and at the same time highly intuitive and dependent on individual value judgments and philosophies.

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