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Creating the Supreme Court


“John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

By Richard Brookhiser

Illustrated. 324 pages. Basic Books. $30.

A Republican president and Congress declare war on the federal courts, eliminating newly created judgeships and canceling the Supreme Court session so the court can’t meet for more than a year. The chief justice, who considers the president a populist demagogue, fears further attacks on judicial independence. The president accuses his former vice president of treason, and the chief justice presides over the

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