An Essential Safeguard: Essays on the United States Supreme Court and Its Justices


This collection examines the record of current and recent Supreme Court justices in fashioning the Constitution and looks at the larger political context in which their work occurred. Eight distinguished Supreme Court scholars focus on current Justices O'Connor and Rehnquist as well as on several from the recent past--Justices Douglas, Black, and Harlan. Stephenson's introductory essay presents an overview of the Court's role in American government today. The volume makes a complex subject both accessible to general readers and interesting to experts.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Henry J. Abraham
  • James F. Simon
  • Harold J. Spaeth
  • Walter F. Murphy
  • William M. Beaney
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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