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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

The Role of the Supreme Court in American Society: Playing the Reconstruction Game
The role of the Supreme Court in American society: Playing the reconstruction game
LeeEpstein and ThomasG.Walker

The historian of the Court should keep his watch in the halls of Congress, not linger within the chamber of the Court.

—Charles Fairman, History of the Supreme Court of the United States: Reconstruction and Reunion

During the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had his hands full. Not only did he have to stave off the Confederate army, but he also had to concern himself with the presence of Confederate supporters in the northern and border states.1 Particularly worrisome to Lincoln were the large numbers of Southern sympathizers, known as Copperheads, active in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. Because they ...

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