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Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era: At the Crossroads of American Constitutionalism (Constitutionalism and Democracy) Hardcover – July 19, 2005


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A graceful and rewarding study of jurisprudence-in-action, making this one of those rare books that sits comfortably both in the research library and on the nightstand.... A fascinating story. Streichler's prose is fluid, and he is particularly deft at explaining difficult legal concepts in plain English. Anyone wishing to understand more about the transforming power of the Civil War era on American constitutional thought and practice will benefit from reading this book..... A first-rate work on an important figure.

(H. Robert Baker H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences)

 An excellent book. Professor Streichler writes with a clarity and occasional wit not always found in academics' prose.

(Robert J. Muldoon, Jr. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly)

 Clear and engaging writing style.... A remarkable grasp of the meaning and the implications of Curtis' own work.

(Michael C. Berheide Civil War Book Review)

 Stuart Streichler has now provided a comprehensive, readable, and sympathetic biography of Justice Curtis that masterfully fills that gap and hopefully will bring new attention to this important nineteenth-century figure.  Although best remembered for his famous dissent in Dred Scott, Curtis had a long and complicated career debating the meaning and implications of the Constitution, and Streichler provides a welcome introduction to those debates and Curtis's role in them.

(Keith E. Whittington Register of the Kentucky Historical Society)

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"Stuart Streichler's Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era is an excellent work best suited for specialists in U.S. constitutional history. The author has produced not a biography of Benjamin Robbins Curtis but rather a study of his legal philosophy and his rulings as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court....Given that no book-length study of Curtis previously existed, Justice Curtis is a welcome addition, especially since it adds considerable insight into the evolving nature of nineteenth-century constitutional history."

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