Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States

Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States

Book Details

  • ISBN:9780028661247
  • Author:Tanenhaus, David Spinoza
  • Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library, distributed by Sage.
  • LC Call Number: Reference Collection: KF8742.A35 E525 2008
  • Publication Date: 2008-10-24
  • Subject: Government – Judicial Branch, Encyclopedias, United states, Supreme court, Courts – Supreme Court
  • Language: English


This legal Encyclopedia contains about 1,100 signed articles “on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present,” covering “concepts, cases, topics, personalities, institutions, events, and processes.”

Publisher Comments:

This new 5-volume MacMillan set focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present. One of the encyclopedia’s distinguishing themes is the examination of case law, the essential texts that form the backbone of legal and pre-legal study in the United States. Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation. This approach plays directly into the cutting-edge field known as the law and social issues movement, which studies political and non-judicial history, and advocates a law outside the courts approach. Almost 1,100 peer-reviewed articles cover concepts, cases, topics, personalities, institutions, events, and processes. Written in accessible language and supplemented with a glossary, thematic outline, historical documents, illustrations, and indexes this title provides context and ease-of-use to law and pre-law students, professors, legal professionals and general users.


Annotation from Book News, Inc.: “Tanenhaus (history and law, University of Nevada) presents a five-volume encyclopedia on the history and historical impact of the Supreme Court of the United States. He includes 523 entries on specific court cases, 468 thematic essays, and 109 biographies (of justices, presidents, and other significant figures, such as William Blackstone, for example). The entries are cross-referenced and include short bibliographic guides to other sources. The broad themes of the encyclopedia are administrative law, African Americans, children, citizenship, civil rights, commerce, common law, Congress, history and text of the Constitution, contracts, corporations and business, criminal law and procedure, disability, discrimination, economic and financial regulation, education, elections and voting, the environment, family, federalism, foreign affairs and international relations, freedom of association, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of the press, gender and sexuality, government structure and processes, immigration and naturalization, judicial review, jurisprudence, labor, national security and war, Native Americans, political process, presidency, privacy, property, public lands and public works, race relations, freedom of religion, reproduction, separation of powers, slavery, social programs and social welfare, Supreme Court justices, Supreme Court practices and procedures, taxes, territories, torts, and women. The final volume contains a glossary, a subject index, and a case index.”

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Notes and References

See Also

Biographical encyclopedia of the Supreme Court
Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court

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