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The Great Decision

Jefferson Adams Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

by Cliff Sloan; David McKean


Following the bitterly contested election between Adams and Jefferson in 1800, the United States teetered on the brink of a second revolution. When Adams sought to prolong his policies in defiance of the electorate by packing the courts, it became evident that the new Constitution was limited in its powers. Change was in order and John Marshall stepped up to the challenge.

The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state. Rich in atmospheric detail, political intrigue, and fascinating characters, The Great Decision is an illuminating tale of America’s formative years and the evolution of our democracy.

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Book Information

Copyright year 2009
ISBN-13 9781586488055
ISBN-10 1586488058
Class Copyright
Publisher PublicAffairs
Subject History;Law;Political Science
File Size 120 MB
Number of Pages 288
Length of Recording 8
Shelf No. KV118