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The Taft Court : making law for a divided nation, 1921-1930

The Taft Court : making law for a divided nation, 1921-1930 / Robert C. Post.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2024.
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2 volumes : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The Taft Court offers the definitive history of the Supreme Court from 1921 to 1930 when William Howard Taft was Chief Justice. Using untapped archival material, Robert C. Post engagingly recounts the ambivalent effort to create a modern American administrative state out of the institutional innovations of World War I. He shows how the Court sought to establish authoritative forms of constitutional interpretation despite the culture wars that enveloped prohibition and pervasive labor unrest. He explores in great detail how constitutional law responds to altered circumstances. The work provides comprehensive portraits of seminal figures such as Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Louis Dembitz Brandeis. It describes William Howard Taft's many judicial reforms and his profound alteration of the role of Chief Justice. A critical and timely contribution, The Taft Court sheds light on jurisprudential debates that are just as relevant today as they were a century ago."--Provided by the publisher.
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March 12, 2024
History of the Supreme Court of the United States ; v. 10.
Oliver Wendell Holmes devise. History of the Supreme Court of the United States ; 10
Includes bibliographical references and index.
V.10.1. Prologue: Mr. Taft Takes Charge
Part I: Constructing the Taft Court: Appointments. John Hessin Clarke and George Sutherland
William Rufus Day and Pierce Butler
Mahlon Pitney and Edward Terry Sanford
Joseph McKenna and Harlan Fiske Stone
Part II: The Holdover Justices. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Willis Van Devanter
James Clark McReynolds
Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Part III: The Incomparable Chief Justiceship of William Howard Taft. Taft's Health
Taft as a Justice
Myers v. United States
The Conference of Senior Circuit Court Judges
Reshaping the Supreme Court
The Changing Role of Chief Justice
The Chief Justice as Chancellor
Lobbying for Judicial Appointments
Creating a New Supreme Court Building
Part IV: The Taft Court as an Institution. Judicial Opinions during the Taft Court
Dissent during the Taft Court
The Authority of the Taft Court
v.10.2. Part V: Social and Economic Legislation. "Everything is on Edge": World War I and the American State
Cabining the Constitutional Implications of the War
Diminishing Judicial Deference
Adkins v. Children's Hospital
Price Fixing and Property Affected with a Public Interest
The Protected Realm of Freedom
Ratemaking and Judicial Legitimacy
Part VI: The Positive Law of Prohibition. Prohibition, the Taft Court, and the Authority of Law
Prohibition and Dual Sovereignty
Prohibition and Normative Dualism
Prohibition and Positive Law
Prohibition and Law Enforcement
Olmstead v. United States
Part VII: Federalism and the American People. Federalism and World War I
Dual Sovereignty and Intergovernmental Tax Immunities
Normative Dualism and Congressional Power
The Dormant Commerce Clause and the National Market
National Judicial Power and the American People
Part VIII: Labor, Equal Protection, and Race. Labor and the Jurisprudence of Individualism
Labor and the Construction of the National Market
Government by Injunction
Traux v. Corrigan
The Equal Protection Clause and Race
Epilogue: Chief Justice Taft Exits the Scene.

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