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
John W. Johnson is professor and head of the history department at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He is the author of The Dimensions of Non-Legal Evidence in the American Judicial Process and Insuring Against Disaster: The Nuclear Industry on Trial and has served as series editor for Garland publications on American law and society.
'This reference will be useful for students and non-specialists looking for substantial background to help them understand the implications of important legal cases. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.' - Library Journal
'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, February 2002.