History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Ex parte Merryman and Debates on Civil Liberties During the Civil War
by Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

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Ex parte Merryman: A Short Narrative

     
The Courts and their Jurisdiction

     
The Judicial Process: A Chronology

     
Legal Questions Before the Court

     
Legal Arguments in Court

     
Biographies

     
Media Coverage and Public Debates

     
Historical Documents

     
Bibliography and Resources

 

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