Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the substantial changes in the makeup of the High Court and landmark rulings from recent Court terms. No other reference on the Court offers so much detail and insight in such a readable format. This classic resource explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life and the path of U.S. constitutional law. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices.

Chapter 2. From the Gilded Age to the Great Depression

Chapter 2. From the gilded age to the great depression

The men who sat on the court in the latter years of the nineteenth century had witnessed the transformation of the nation in their lifetimes. When they were born, most Americans lived on farms and in small towns, and millions of blacks labored in slavery in the South. They had lived through the wrenching Civil War, the ...

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