The Hughes Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy
It was once said of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes that "he looks like God and talks like God." Steering a Court often deeply fractured by interpretative conflicts among justices, this commanding chief with a gray flowing beard reigned during one of the most turbulent eras in US history - the Great Depression. Through key cases such as Near v. Minnesota and Schecter Poultry Corp. v. United States, Charles Evans Hughes and his fellow jurists struggled to respond to the harsh realities of the Depression while at the same time respecting legal precedent. From its beginnings in a year of acute domestic crisis to its end during the equally catastrophic Second World War, the Hughes Court shaped the course of US government response to economic crisis, labor standards, federal versus states' rights, and other issues still controversial today. This book provides readers with an intriguing study of key cases, events, personalities, and their constitutional legacy.
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