This collection of essays looks at over 200 major court cases, at both state and federal levels, from the colonial period to the present. Organized thematically, the articles range from 1,000 to 5,000 words and include recent topics such as the Microsoft antitrust case, the O.J. Simpson trials, and the Clinton impeachment. This new edition includes 43 new essays as well as updates throughout, with end-of-essay bibliographies and indexes by case and subject/name.
Table of Contents
Witchcraft and the Law; Two Nations: the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti; Showdown Over Gun Control; From the 'Political Thicket' to 'One Man, One Vote'; The Travails of William Jefferson Clinton; When a Contract Obtained by Fraud is Still a Contract; Products Liability Law and McDonald's Coffee; Slavery, Freedom and Federal Judicial Power; Separate Education is Not Equal Education; Native American Land Claims - The Indians Finally Win; The Japanese Internment Cases; Cold War, Communism and Free Speech; Flag Burning and the Constution; The Scopes Trial: A Collision of Cultures; Physician-Assisted Suicide: Who Shall Decide?; The Boston Massacre Trials; Icons of the Cold War: The Hiss-Chambers Case; The O.J. Simpson Trials as Popular Drama
"Within its thematic chapters, this essential reference source covers major cases chronologically. The clear analytical essays make this one perfect for high school projects." -- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Best Reference Titles 2001 selection
"The writing is reader friendly and unburdened by legal jargon...a worthy successor to the original...a valuable addition to both public and academic library reference collections." -- Against the Grain
"More than 200 cases are treated in concise, readable essays...Very useful for all collections." -- Choice
"Students and researchers in political science and history, as well as law, will find the encyclopedia useful, and it is recommended for public, academic, and law school libraries." -- Booklist/RBB
"Providing clear analysis and a good selection of issues relating to U.S. law, especially in the last decade, this reference will be useful for students and nonspecialists looking for substantial background to help them understand the implications of important legal cases. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries." -- Library Journal