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Resolving Political Questions Into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville's Thesis Revisited, Mark Graber Apr 2009

Resolving Political Questions Into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville's Thesis Revisited, Mark Graber

Mark Graber

This paper explores whether national political questions during the second party system were resolved into questions adjudicated by the Supreme Court of the United States. The essay details an appropriate test for Tocqueville’s thesis, demonstrates that most national political questions that excited Jacksonians were not resolved into judicial questions, and explains why Tocqueville’s thesis does not accurately describe national constitutional politics during the three decades before the Civil War. That most political questions were not resolved into judicial questions during the three decades before the Civil War given common political science claim that “(v)irtually any issue the ...


James Buchanan As Savior? Judicial Power, Political Fragmentation, And The Failed 1831 Repeal Of Section 25, Mark Graber Mar 2009

James Buchanan As Savior? Judicial Power, Political Fragmentation, And The Failed 1831 Repeal Of Section 25, Mark Graber

Mark Graber

James Buchanan is often credited with being the unlikely savior of judicial review in early Jacksonian America. In 1831, Buchanan, then a representative from Pennsylvania, issued a minority report criticizing the proposed repeal of Section 25 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 that is generally credited with convincing a skeptical Congress that fundamental constitutional norms required federal judicial oversight of state courts and state legislatures. This paper claims that federalism and political fragmentation were more responsible than James Buchanan for the failed repeal of Section 25, for the maintenance of judicial power in the United States during the transition from ...


George W. Anderson (1861-1938), Alexis Anderson Dec 2008

George W. Anderson (1861-1938), Alexis Anderson

Alexis Anderson

This book is the first to gather in a single volume concise biographies of the most eminent men and women in the history of American law. Encompassing a wide range of individuals who have devised, replenished, expounded, and explained law, The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law presents succinct and lively entries devoted to more than 700 subjects selected for their significant and lasting influence on American law. Casting a wide net, editor Roger K. Newman includes individuals from around the country, from colonial times to the present, encompassing the spectrum of ideologies from left-wing to right, and including a ...


George M. Bourquin (1863-1958), Alexis Anderson Dec 2008

George M. Bourquin (1863-1958), Alexis Anderson

Alexis Anderson

This book is the first to gather in a single volume concise biographies of the most eminent men and women in the history of American law. Encompassing a wide range of individuals who have devised, replenished, expounded, and explained law, The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law presents succinct and lively entries devoted to more than 700 subjects selected for their significant and lasting influence on American law. Casting a wide net, editor Roger K. Newman includes individuals from around the country, from colonial times to the present, encompassing the spectrum of ideologies from left-wing to right, and including a ...


Portrait Of A Patriot: The Major Legal And Political Papers Of Josiah Quincy Junior, Volume 4, The Law Reports, Part One (1761-1765.), Daniel Coquillette, Neil Longley York Dec 2008

Portrait Of A Patriot: The Major Legal And Political Papers Of Josiah Quincy Junior, Volume 4, The Law Reports, Part One (1761-1765.), Daniel Coquillette, Neil Longley York

Daniel R. Coquillette

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Portrait Of A Patriot: The Major Legal And Political Papers Of Josiah Quincy Junior, Volume 5, The Law Reports, Part Two (1765-1772.), Daniel Coquillette, Neil Longley York Dec 2008

Portrait Of A Patriot: The Major Legal And Political Papers Of Josiah Quincy Junior, Volume 5, The Law Reports, Part Two (1765-1772.), Daniel Coquillette, Neil Longley York

Daniel R. Coquillette

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Select Ecclesiastical Cases From The King's Courts 1272-1307, David Millon Dec 2008

Select Ecclesiastical Cases From The King's Courts 1272-1307, David Millon

David K. Millon

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