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The History of the Supreme Court | [The Great Courses, Peter Irons]

The History of the Supreme Court

For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers many questions about the Court as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world."
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For more than two centuries, the Supreme Court has exerted extraordinary influence over the way we live our daily lives. The Court has defined the boundaries of our speech and actions since its first meeting in 1790, adding to our history books names such as John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, Hugo Black, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and many others.

Have you ever wondered what goes into shaping the Court's decisions - or the beliefs of its justices? Or how the nine justices blend divergent and often strongly conflicting philosophies to reach decisions that reflect consensus - or sometimes fail to? How even a single change in the Court's personnel can dramatically alter not only the Court's ideological balance but its cooperative chemistry, as well? Or what it actually sounded like in the Court as some of the most important cases in our history were argued? This series of 36 clear and insightful lectures - delivered by an award-winning teacher and widely respected authority on the Supreme Court - answers these questions and many more as it traces the development of the Court from a body having little power or prestige to its current status as, "the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world."

The lectures are rich in biographical snapshots of not only the justices but also the advocates who have stood before them and the dozens of ordinary men and women whose cases have reached the Court. Several historical recordings are also highlighted, giving you a front-row seat as you hear lawyers actually arguing before the Court, as well as the justices' replies.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses

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    GEORGE Waverly, OH, United States 09-22-13
    GEORGE Waverly, OH, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Hobby- Military History Occupation- Retired Commander USN; Retired Director of Quality Assurance; Graduate Liberty University, Lynchburg VA; Residence-Waverly Ohio

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    "Great Lecture Series !"

    I stumbled upon this collection of lectures while reading a book about Roosevelt's court packing plan. In my opinion this is a very good series of lectures for use by a layman that is looking to increase his/her knowledge of Supreme Court History. While watching confirmation hearings for Court Justices in the past, I found my lack of knowledge pertaining to major decisions rendered by the Court in the last 100 years bothersome. These lectures helped me address that weakness. The material is presented in a manner that allows an individual a laymen to gain a general understanding of the workings of the Court, and the basis for many of the major decisions in recent history.

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    general lee new york 07-08-14
    general lee new york 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Opinionated professor"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Peter Irons?

    No this professor determines what is important historically based upon what he personally wants the court appearance to be to readers rather than just facts. He is way too opinionated to give a real history


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the first years of the courts history, least interesting is his opinion of the justices importance historically based purely in his politics.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Peter Irons’s performance?

    Spent too much time on least important history.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started well


    Any additional comments?

    This guy should not be teaching law he is way too biased

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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