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Landmark Supreme Court Cases, Second Edition, 3-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Richard A. Leiter and Roy M. Mersky
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816069573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6957-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $250.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 12/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 347
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1654


Praise for the previous edition:

"An excellent source for beginning researchers...unbiased...The discussion of the case's significance and its implications will be useful for students..."—School Library Journal

Through its interpretations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court issues decisions that shape American law, define the functioning of government and society, and address the most important issues of the day. No court in the country can overturn Supreme Court rulings. Famous cases like Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. John F.A. Sanford, and Miranda v. Arizona are among the most important decisions made by the court, but many others have also had a profound impact on the American way of life.

Now available in three volumes, Landmark Supreme Court Cases, Second Edition has been extensively revised and updated to feature more than 600 of the most important and influential cases in American history. Intended for U.S. history and political science students, this encyclopedia contains concise, straightforward summaries, analyzing and explaining groundbreaking court cases on such issues as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, labor unions, abortion, antitrust and competition, due process, search and seizure, executive privilege, and more. Organized chronologically by issue, each entry includes the case title and legal citation, year of decision, key issue, historical background, legal arguments, decision (majority and dissenting opinions), aftermath and significance, related cases, and recommended reading.

Coverage includes:

  • Baker v. Carr
  • Bush v. Gore
  • The Cherokee Nation v. Georgia
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Korematsu v. United States
  • Marbury v. Madison
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Roe v. Wade
  • Rumsfeld v. Padilla.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. In three volumes.

About the Author(s)

Richard A. Leiter is the Director and Professor of Law at the Schmid Law Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His most recent book, National Survey of State Laws, now in its fifth edition, is widely held by library reference collections and was named "An Outstanding Resource" by the New York Public Library.

The late Roy M. Mersky was the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, director of legal research, and law librarian at the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Mersky's previous books include Fundamentals of Legal Research and Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Reviews and Awards

"...a valuable addition to any high school or community college collection."

Library Media Connection

"...a worthwhile addition to academic and public libraries."

American Reference Books Annual

"...invaluable...This solid, succinct title will appeal to high school and college students and lay readers interested in American history and political science."

Library Journal

"Highly recommended."


"This edition...improves upon its predecessor by giving users a comprehensive look at the Supreme Court decisions that have most influenced the development of American life. A valuable resource for advanced secondary students."

School Library Journal

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