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The Court years, 1939-1975 : the autobiography of William O. Douglas.


1st ed.. New York : Random House, [1980] .
ISBN 0394492404, 9780394492407

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Subjects Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980.
Judges -- United States -- Biography.
Judges.
United States.
Description xi, 434 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1980]
©1980
Notes Includes indexes.
Summary William O. Douglas served on the Supreme Court of the United States for over 36 years, from 1939 to 1975, the longest term of any Justice. His tenure was marked by an unyielding and brilliantly executed determination to- as he frequently put it- "keep the government off the backs of the people." Together with Hugo Black, Justice Douglas was responsible for many of the Supreme Court decisions which extended the protection of the Due Process Clause of the Constitution; limited the power of the large corporations; protected the maverick and the dissident from government harassment; extended and guarded the civil rights of blacks, of women and of other minorities; safeguarded American public lands and resources from those who would plunder them ... and on ... and on. He wrote more dissenting opinions (and wrote them faster) than any other Justice, and yet many of those dissents were later reflected in legislation or else in the majority opinions of the Court itself. Timely, newsworthy, historically important, This book is the personal record of that great lifelong struggle. It continues the memoirs Justice Douglas began so eloquently in his best-selling 'Go East, Young Man.' For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court, one of the Justices- himself- has set about to give the judicial history of the great issues of American life and to show how these issues were dealt with in the Conference Room and "among the Brethren." With a deep understanding of the Court process, with a pungent wit and an intimate knowledge both of the law and of those who interpreted it, Douglas reveals the Supreme Court as it has never been seen before. -- from Book Jacket.
Contents Early years on the Court -- Contending schools of thought -- Loyalty-security program -- Judicial treatment of nonconformists -- Separate but unequal -- Separation of powers -- The Court and big business -- Law clerks -- The advocates -- Judicial conferences -- The press -- the Chief Justices -- The President and the Court -- Six presidents -- My impeachment -- The end of a cycle.
Genre Biography.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)6280574
(OCoLC)ocm06280574
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WorldCat Identities Douglas, William O. 1898-1980.
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