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The Taft Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

The Taft Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

by Peter G. Renstrom


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An authoritative survey of the Taft Court, which served from 1921 to 1929, and the impact it had on the U.S. legal system, social order, economics, and politics.

William Howard Taft's experience in the executive branch gave him a unique perspective on the court's work. He initiated judicial reform and was the prime mover behind the Judiciary Act of 1925, which gave the court wide latitude to accept cases based on their importance to the nation.

The Taft Court decided about 1,600 cases during its nine terms. This book examines the "aggregate" personality of the court through discussions of individual voting characteristics, bloc alignments, and other patterned behavior. It also charts the strengths and weaknesses of the rulings and demonstrates Taft's penchant for increasing the impact of decisions by pursuing consensus among the justices, two of whom were his own appointees when he served as president.

• An A–Z set of entries on the people, laws, events, and concepts that are important to an understanding of the Taft Court

• A photograph of and a brief bibliography on each justice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576072806
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/12/2003
Series: ABC-CLIO Supreme Court Handbooks
Pages: 331
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Peter G. Renstrom is professor of political science at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

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