The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and History

39 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2010 Last revised: 6 Feb 2010

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School

Date Written: 2009


This article is a book review of The Supreme Court: An Essential History by peter Hoffer, Natalie E. Hoffer, and Williamjames Hull Hoffer as well as The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008 by Lucas Powe. Here, Professor Finkelman briefly surveys the books. He contrasts the two books and discusses their general strengths and weaknesses. Further, Finkelman examines how the authors deal with the way slavery affected both the United States Constitution and Supreme Court.

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and History (2009). Texas Law Review, Vol. 88, No. 2, p. 353, 2009, Albany Law School Research Paper No. 30, Available at SSRN:

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