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History of the Supreme Court of the United States

Volume 1. Antecedents and Beginnings to 1801

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Part of Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States

Stanley N. Katz, L. Quincy Mumford, Paul A. Freund
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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521760010

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  • Antecedents and Beginnings to 1801 is the first of twelve volumes in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States. In this first volume, Julius Goebel Jr. details the creation of a national judiciary in the United States under the Act of 1789 and traces the Supreme Court’s development through its first decade of existence. The book is organized into three parts. The first part describes the background of American constitutionalism. Goebel then goes on to depict the Constitutional Convention, the ensuing debate over ratification, and the framing of the Bill of Rights. In the final part of the book, he explains how early legislation affected the judiciary and the initial experience of the circuit courts and of the Supreme Court. These three parts are divided into seventeen chapters, together with a statistical analysis of the business of the Supreme Court from 1789 to 1801 and substantial notes on manuscript sources.

    • A new and improved version of a classic history of the Supreme Court
    • Includes a new preface by Stanley N. Katz, the General Editor of the series
    • One of the most comprehensive treatments of this period and subject available
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521760010
    • length: 896 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 162 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.424kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The path of the law - old world to new
    2. The traditions of judicial control over legislation
    3. The new states and the principle of constitutional authority
    4. The continental congress and national judicial authority
    5. The constitutional convention and the judiciary
    6. The appeal to the people and the molding of opinion
    7. The framers as propagandists
    8. The raising I: the judicial before the states
    9. The raising II: the judicial before the states
    10. Unfinished business - the Bill of Rights
    11. The Judiciary Act of 1789
    12. The process acts
    13. The circuit courts - organization, civil and appellate jurisdiction
    14. The circuit courts - criminal jurisdiction
    15. The Supreme Court - appellate practice
    16. The Supreme Court - political and constitutional issues I
    17. The Supreme Court - political and constitutional issues II
    Appendix: the business of the Supreme Court, 1789–1801, appellate jurisdiction
    Manuscript sources - abbreviations of locations
    Location of manuscript federal judicial records consulted
    Manuscripts other than federal judicial records
    Contemporary newspapers and periodicals cited
    Short titles and abbreviations
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Julius Goebel, Jr., Columbia University
    Julius Goebel Jr. (1892–1973) was George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History, Columbia University School of Law. He was the author of numerous articles and books, including the classic Felony and Misdemeanor: A Study in the History of English Criminal Procedure (1937) and A History of the School of Law (1955). He co-authored Law Enforcement in Colonial New York: A Study in Criminal Procedure (1664–1776) (1944) and Cases and Other Materials on Domestic Relations (1952) and edited Cases and Materials on the Development of Legal Institutions (1929). Until his death in 1973, he was editing what became the five volumes of The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton (5 vols., 1964–80).


    Stanley N. Katz, L. Quincy Mumford, Paul A. Freund

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