The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Law - 273 pages
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Despite the United States' ban on slave importation in 1808, profitable interstate slave trading continued. The nineteenth century's great cotton boom required vast human labour to bring new lands under cultivation, and many thousands of slaves were torn from their families and sold across state lines in distant markets. Shocked by the cruelty and extent of this practice, abolitionists called upon the federal government to exercise its constitutional authority over interstate commerce and outlaw the interstate selling of slaves. This groundbreaking book is the first to tell the complex story of the decades-long debate and legal battle over federal regulation of the slave trade. David Lightner explores a wide range of constitutional, social, and political issues that absorbed antebellum America. He revises accepted interpretations of various historical figures, including James Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Abraham Lincoln, and he argues convincingly that southern anxiety over the threat to the interstate slave trade was a key precipitant to the secession of the South and the Civil War.
  

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A really great read for us lay people who wish to know about the workings of the Supreme Court and how it makes decision: some right and some wrong because they do not consistently follow a process ... Read full review

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In a few instances it feels like the author is overstating his case, but this is a really readable, clear-eyed analysis of some of the noise and spin surrounding the Supreme Court lately. Also just a ... Read full review

Contents

Part II Easy Cases
63
Part III Hard Cases
87
Part IV Illegitimacy
167
Part V Striking the Balance
227
Notes
237
Index
247
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Kermit Roosevelt III is professor of law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and author of the novel "In the Shadow of the Law," He lives in Philadelphia.

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