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 7. The Court and the States

Chapter 7. The court and the states

When delegates from twelve states met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft a constitution for the United States (Rhode Islanders stayed away) they designed a federal government whose laws would be the “supreme Law of the Land.” They began the text of the Constitution with “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect ...

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