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 21: Members of the Court

Chapter 21: Members of the court

Since its establishment in 1789, the Supreme Court has had only 111 members, making it one of the most exclusive, as well as enduring, of judicial bodies. For most of its history, the Court was the province of white Protestant males. Only three women, including one Latina, and two African American men have served on the Court. Only ...

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