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Marbury v. Madison

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William E. Nelson is the Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.


"A provocative and compelling work of scholarship by the dean of colonial and framing-era legal historians."--G. Edward White, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law "The richness of the Supreme Court's decision in Marbury v. Madison is evident in the way multiple generations of historians keep finding new meanings in it. Whether that's a reflection of Marshall's brilliance or of the creativity of his historical interpreters is an open question, but William Nelson's second foray into this territory shows him, once again, to be among the most insightful. Nelson's reconstruction of the way Marshall sought to secure a line between law and politics is novel, complicated, and has broad implications for how we understand the role of courts and judges in the early republic."--Larry Kramer, author of The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review "William Nelson draws on his unrivaled knowledge of early American law to provide richer historical context to his original study of this seminal case. Four new chapters give valuable explanatory depth to his discussion of the origins of judicial review and how its meaning has changed over the course of two centuries."--Charles F. Hobson, author of The Great Yazoo Lands Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck "This is constitutional history at its best, situating Marbury v. Madison and judicial review in a context much different from our own and, at the same time, revealing their relevance to enduring questions of constitutional governance."--David Thomas Konig, professor of law, Washington University School of Law "By tracing the origins of the American doctrine of judicial review back to mid-eighteenth-century judicial and jury nullification of Parliamentary acts and other legislation, through the arguments and writings of James Otis, Jr. in the early 1760s, and then to the 1765-1766 colonial cases refusing to enforce the Stamp Act, this new book on Marbury v. Madison raises important new questions about the meaning and legacy of that case."--Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago "We should celebrate this new and expanded edition of Bill Nelson's classic study of the origins and legacy of judicial review. It contains important new evidence of colonial courts using quasi-constitutional concepts to nullify the notorious Stamp Act, thus drawing even tighter connections between Marbury and judicial practices that preceded the ratification of the Constitution. He also significantly expands our understanding of James Otis. Nelson, one of our most eminent and indefatigable legal historians, has done it again."--Robert C. Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

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