Foreword by William S. PugsleyPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPrologue1. Ancient Heritage, New Circumstance2. Good Intentions, Fitful Beginnings3. A Functioning Judiciary4. The Frontier Court5. The Antebellum Court6. The Civil War Court7. The Reconstruction Courts8. The Redeemer Court9. The Capitol Court and the Public Lands10. The Capitol Court and the Gilded Age11. The Consensus Court12. The Wrench in the Gears13. The Cureton Court14. The Wartime Court15. The Fifties Court16. The Calvert Court17. The Court in FluxAppendix A. Milestones in the Organization and Operation of the Texas Supreme CourtAppendix B. Justices of the Texas Supreme Court, 1836-2012, with Appointment/Election DatesNotesBibliographyIndex
"Important and entertaining-a potent combination!" -- H. W. Brands, author of Lone Star Nation, The Age of Gold, and TR: The Last Romantic "The Texas Supreme Court is more than the sum of its opinions. Its actions reflect the social and legal developments of the Republic and State since 1836, colored by the personalities and judicial styles of more than 150 justices. The Court's story has been largely neglected in the published histories of Texas, not because it is insignificant or uninteresting, but because no scholar has sorted through the records to get the true story. James Haley has done just that-he's distilled the facts and produced a historical narrative that is both authoritative and entertaining. Anyone interested in Texas law or Texas history should read this book." -- Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, 1988-2004
An independent scholar, James L. Haley is the author of fourteen books, including award-winning books on Texas history. Among them are Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas and Sam Houston, winner of nine historical and literary awards. Haley's book Wolf: The Lives of Jack London won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Biography. He has also written several novels.
"Haley has done an impressive amount of work, ably assisted by Marilyn Duncan. He has found and used well a number of secondary works concerning the Texas Supreme Court over the 150 years the book covers." - Texas Books in Review