This book offers an in-depth examination of the cultural context inherent in Court rulings. ""Shaping America"" offers a compelling survey of American history as viewed through the perspective of the United States Supreme Court, concentrating on how the Court's decisions have shaped American society and how the Court in turn has been affected by prevailing political cultures, strong public attitudes, and several dominating justices. Edward F. Mannino, a practicing trial lawyer and legal historian, analyzes the historical forces that permitted the Court to affect American society profoundly through some 150 decisions organized along chronological and thematic lines. Casting his gaze across the nation's past, he surveys seminal cases in American constitutional history, including Marbury v. Madison, the New Orleans Slaughterhouse Cases, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Boumediene v. Bush, and D.C. v. Heller. Mannino takes special interest in cases respecting business and religion in American society and offers concise and objective perspectives on decisions affecting them. Throughout the volume Mannino illustrates the mutual influence the Court and societal forces have on each other, ably demonstrating how Court deliberations affect - and are affected by - the context in which they occur. Mannino integrates historical and legal subjects into a single comprehensive exploration of the Supreme Court's evolving role in shaping American society from the earliest days of the eighteenth century through the present. The result is a useful single-volume study of defining issues in American legal history.
Edward F. Mannino is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and its law school. A trial lawyer concentrating on business litigation, he has been named one of the nation's top litigators by the National Law Journal. Mannino has taught at Temple University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of three books on legal topics. He lives in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
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