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American Constitutional Law : Introductory Essays and Selected Cases,9780136029915
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American Constitutional Law : Introductory Essays and Selected Cases

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Prentice Hall


This classic collection of carefully selected and edited Supreme Court case excerpts and comprehensive background essays explores constitutional law and the role of the Supreme Court in its development and interpretation. Well-grounded in both theory and politics, it displays the role of the U.S. Supreme Court as a legalandpolitical institution and asa major playerin American government.The volume examines and presents supporting cases regarding jurisdiction and organization of the federal courts, the constitution, the supreme court, and judicial review, congress and the president, federalism, the electoral process, the commerce clause, national taxing and spending power, property rights and the development of due process, nationalization of the bill of rights, criminal justice, freedom of expression, protest and symbolic speech, freedom of association, freedom of press, religious liberty, privacy, equal protection of the laws, and security and freedom in wartime.For those interested in American constitutional law.

Table of Contents

A Political Supreme Court
Constitutional Interpretation and Political Choice
A Changing Judiciary
Appointment Politics, 1968 1984
Appointment Politics, 1984 1992
Appointment Politics, 1992-2006
Key Terms
Selected Readings on Federal Judicial Appointments
Selected Readings on the Supreme Court
Selected Biographies
Jurisdiction and Organization of the Federal Courts
The Judicial Power
Supreme Court Decision Making
Source Materials
Reading a Supreme Court Decision
Key Terms
Selected Readings
The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and Judicial Review
Granting and Limiting Power
The Doctrine of Judicial Review
Influences on Judicial Decisionmaking
Checks on Judicial Power
Finality of Supreme Court Decisions
Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
Judicial Review-A Distinctively American Contribution
Key Terms
Selected Readings
Establishing and Testing Judicial Review
Unstaged Debate of 1788
External and Internal Checks on Judicial Power
Finality of Supreme Court Decisions
City of (1997)
Unstaged Debate The Supreme Court
Approaches to Constitutional Interpretation
Unstaged Debate of 1986 Professor Tribe
Congress and the President
Separation of Powers
Congress and Lawmaking
The President and Executive Power
Foreign Policy and National Security
Key Terms
Selected Readings
Delegation and Lawmaking
United States (1989)
Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha (1983)
Clinton v. City of New York (1998)
Congressional Investigations
Watkins v. United States (1957)
Barenblatt v. United States (1959)
Presidential Privilege and Immunity
United States v. Nixon (1974)
Nixon v. Fitzgerald (1982)
Clinton v. (1997)
Appointment and Removal
Myers v. United States (1926)
Humphrey's Executor v. United States (1935)
Morrison v. (1988)
Foreign Policy and National Security
Ex parte Milligan (1866), 000
Missouri v. Holland (1920)
United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936)
Korematsu v. United States (1944), 000
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952)
United States v. United States District Court (1972)
War Powers Resolution (1973)
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006)
Sources of Contention
Nature of National Authority
Concepts of Federalism
The Return of Dual Federalism
Key Terms
Selected Readings
Defining the Nature of the Union
Chisholm v. Georgia (1793)
Maryland (1819)
Cohens v. Virginia (1821)
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