This course explores the "greatest hits" of the Marshall Court, ranging from the landmark cases of Marbury v. Madison (1803) to Barron v. Baltimore (1833). Each class session will focus carefully on a particular controversy and opinion. Apart from a better understanding of Chief Justice John Marshall and this important period of early-American constitutional history, particular consideration will be given to Marshall's approach to constitutional interpretation and the role of the Supreme Court in the United States today. This course will be of interest to those seeking a fresh appreciation of the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the ongoing political debates inspired by Marshall's jurisprudence. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion.
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