Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Clare Cushman

Courtwatchers: Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication date: October 2011
ISBN: 9781442212473
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In the first Supreme Court history told primarily through eyewitness accounts from Court insiders, Clare Cushman provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the people, practices, and traditions that have shaped an American institution for more than200 years. Each chapter covers one general thematic topic and weaves a narrative from memoirs, letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts by the Justices, their spouses and children, court reporters, clerks, oral advocates, court staff, journalists, and other eyewitnesses. These accounts allow readers to feel as if they are squeezed into the packed courtroom in 1844 as silver-tongued orator Daniel Webster addresses the court; standing next to an exasperated Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in 1930 as he snaps ata clerk's critique of one of his opinions; or sharing a taxi with future Chief Justice John G. Roberts in 2005 as he rushes home from the airport in anticipation of a phone call from President Bush offering him the nomination to the Supreme Court. This entertaining and enlightening tour of the Supreme Court's colorful personalities and inner workings will be of interest to all readers of American political and legal history.
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