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The Activist by Lawrence Goldstone

The Activist

John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review

by Lawrence Goldstone


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In the waning days of his presidency, in January 1801, John Adams made some historic appointments to preserve his Federalist legacy. Foremost among them, he named his secretary of state, John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court-neither of them anticipating that Marshall would soon need to decide the most crucial case in Supreme Court history-Marbury vs. Madison.

That Marshall's opinion was also the very height of the judicial activism that Scalia, John Roberts, and their fellow conservatives deplore promises to be one of American history's great ironies.The debate began in 1801, and continues to this day-and in Lawrence Goldstone's hands, it has never been more interesting or relevant for general readers.


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  • Published: March 2013
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T060713
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