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Cushman, Clare
Courtwatchers : eyewitness accounts in Supreme Court history / Clare Cushman
Alternate Title Court watchers
Eyewitness accounts in Supreme Court history
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  KF8742 .C875 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States. Supreme Court -- History
United States. Supreme Court -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment -- History
Subject(s) Judges -- United States -- History
Judicial process -- United States -- History
Clerks of court -- United States -- History
Physical Description xiv, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note "Published in association with the Supreme Court Historical Society."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-300) and index
Summary "In the first Supreme Court history told primarily through eyewitness accounts from Court insiders, Clare Cushman provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the people, practices, and traditions that have shaped an American institution for more than two hundred years. This entertaining and enlightening tour of the Supreme Court's colorful personalities and inner workings will be of interest to all readers of American political and legal history"-- Provided by publisher
Contents Sink or swim: the first decade -- John Marshall takes charge: establishing power -- Justice by Shay, stagecoach, steamboat, train: riding circuit -- Wives, children . . . husbands: supporting roles -- Yes, Mr. President: appointment and confirmation -- Learning the ropes: a rookie arrives -- Inside the courtroom: views of the bench -- Silver tongues and quill pens: oral argument -- Nine justices, one bench: building consensus -- (Not so) good behavior: discord and feuds -- A peek inside chambers: clerk stories -- "Welcome to the chain gang": managing the workload -- Timing it right: stepping down
Alternate Author Supreme Court Historical Society

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