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This ambitious and accessible history of the nation's highest court contains information important for every American to know. Widely published historian John E. Semonche demonstrates that the fabric of American constitutional law promotes in citizens a 'civil religion, ' or a faith in the laws and institutions of government that is unique to this country. Semonche supports his arguments by analyzing the Court's controversies, members, and decisions from its creation to the present. He concludes that, aside from its judicial responsibilities, the Supreme Court plays an equally crucial role in the creation, definition, and maintenance of a culture tolerant of a diverse and pluralistic polity. Everyone interested in the past, present, and future of this essential American institution should read this book.
About the Author
John E. Semonche is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Religion and Constitutional Government in the United States, Charting the Future: The Supreme Court Responds to a Changing Society, 1890-1920, and Ray Stannard Baker: A Quest for Democracy in Modern America, 1870-1918. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.