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The Supreme Court in the Early Republic

The Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth

by William R. Casto Author · Herbert A. Johnson Other


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William R. Casto sheds a new light on America's federal judiciary and the changing legal landscape with his detailed examination of the Supreme Court's formative years. In a study that spans the period from the Court's tentative beginnings through the appointment of its third chief justice, Casto reveals a judicial body quite different in orientation and philosophy from the current Supreme Court and one with a legacy of enduring significance for the U.S. legal system.rimes, the drafting of the Judiciary Act of 1789, and the adoption of judicial review.

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William R. Casto (Author)

William R. Casto is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law at Texas Tech University. He is the author of Oliver Ellsworth and the Creation of the Federal Republic and Foreign Affairs and the Constitution in the Age of Fighting Sail.

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