THE ROOSEVELT COURT by C. Herman Pritchett


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Subtitled ""A Study in Judicial Politics of Values 1937-1947"", this is a judicial history of the Supreme Court during this decade of the liberal Roosevelt era, and the analysis here is reached through statistical evidence. Opening with a background sketch of the Roosevelt appointments, he considers the non-unanimous character of the Court, including the Jackson-Black feud and the Court's practice in handling precedents. He concludes with numerous charts showing the alignments revealed in the dissenting opinions and the term-by-term shifts in these judicial blooz. And the bulk of the book examines the decisions and divisions of opinion in five general areas: governmental power to regulate economic affairs; civil liberties; procedure in criminal trials; regulation of business through federal agencies; and labor legislation. The disputes among the justices are attributed to conflicting attitudes toward social and economic policy. An original approach to judicial history, but largely for the informed reader or serious student.

Publisher: Macmillan