Rugged justice [electronic resource] : the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the American West, 1891-1941 /
David C. Frederick ; with a foreword by Sandra Day O'Connor.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
xiv, 331 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0520083814 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
0520083814 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-321) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-07:
The Bicentennial of the US Constitution has produced a little-noticed series of histories of the federal courts. Some of these works are perfunctory, but a few have been substantial contributions to legal history, especially Stephen Presser's studies of the Third Circuit and Rayman Solomon's history of the Seventh Circuit. Frederick's new account of the Ninth Circuit joins this elite group. It covers the first 50 years of the court of appeals for the western states (up to 1941) in a readable and acute narrative. Frederick has carefully assimilated the most important scholarship on western development in the first half of this century, as well as relevant legal scholarship. Now a practicing lawyer, Frederick was a clerk on the Ninth Circuit, and his history is a model of participant-observer scholarship. This book will be important for western as well as legal history. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. S. N. Katz; American Council of Learned Societies
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Few chapters in American judicial history have enjoyed as colorful a past as has the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Created in 1891, its jurisdiction now encompasses California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska. David Frederick has mined archival sources, including court records and legal papers throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., to document the Ninth Circuit's first fifty years. His findings are much more than a record of the court, however, for they also provide a unique social and cultural history of the West. During these years, the court heard key cases involving railroads, the Alaska gold rush, Chinese immigration, organized labor, and use of natural resources. Many of the decisions from this period foreshadowed issues that are with us today. Frederick also documents the court's part in Western development and in issues relating to World War I, Prohibition, New Deal legislation, and the evolving role of federal judges. Frederick portrays the West's most important judicial institution with clarity and intelligence, reminding us that the evolution of the Ninth Circuit both reflected and affected the dramatic changes occurring in the West during the court's early years. This is a book that will appeal not only to lawyers, but to historians, sociologists, and general readers as well.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Origins and Early Yearsp. 9
Railroads, Robber Barons, and the Saving of Stanford Universityp. 30
Testing Tolerance: Chinese Exclusion and the Ninth Circuitp. 52
Intrigue at Anvil Creekp. 78
The Judicial Faultline: Battles over Natural Resourcesp. 98
Replacing the Vanguardp. 122
War, Liquor, and the Quest for Orderp. 141
Different Paths to the Benchp. 169
Adjudicating the New Dealp. 187
A Court Too Large?p. 216
Conclusionp. 239
Appendixp. 245
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 323
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