People's History of the Supreme Court (A): The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped Our Constitution (Updated edition)
by Peter Irons, Foreword by Howard Zinn
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Publication Date: 2006
Topics: Corporate Rule, Crime & Punishment, Democracy: Theory & Practice, Economics, Education, Gay & Lesbian, History: Local to Global, Indigenous Peoples, Labor & Work / Classism, Militarism, Race & Civil Rights, Sexism / Patriarchy, Social Movements, Spirituality & Religion, Toxics, United States
Description: from Howard Zinn's Foreword:
"...a history of the Supreme Court that breathes life into the dry language of the judicial system, that looks behind the cases to the human beings crucial to the cases but long forgotten, that examines the realities of social conflict beneath the surface of legal argument... Contemplating Peter Irons' record, we may then know what to expect from [this book] - scrupulous legal scholarship, bold ideas, and an abiding concern for human rights, sometimes violated by the law, sometimes upheld, but always depending on the courage of ordinary citizens."
Recent changes in the Supreme Court have placed the venerable institution at the forefront of current affairs, making this comprehensive and engaging work as timely as ever. In the tradition of Howard Zinn's classic 'A People's History of the United States', Peter Irons chronicles the decisions that have influenced virtually every aspect of our society, from the debates over judicial power to controversial rulings in the past regarding slavery, racial segregation, and abortion, as well as more current cases about school prayer, the Bush/Gore election results, and "enemy combatants." A comprehensive history of the people and cases that have changed history, this is the definitive account of the nation's highest court.
This is a new edition, updated to include recent landmark cases and changes on the bench.
Peter Irons is a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego. He is the author of several books, the first of which, 'The New Deal Lawyers', was voted the best work in American legal history by the Law and Society Association.
Review(s): "Bracing...Irons and his book burst with lively and often funny stories that make the history of the institution come alive." - San Francisco Chronicle
"It is such good reading that we allow the author to lead us places in history that we might not have expected to travel." - The Boston Globe"