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Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume I: 1787–1875

Bruce A. Ragsdale
January 1, 2013

The first volume of the Documentary History of Debates on the Federal Judiciary traces the long process of defining the judiciary within the relatively brief outline provided by the Constitution. The volume includes annotated excerpts from debates on the establishment and jurisdiction of federal trial courts, judicial tenure and the impeachment of judges, judicial review of state court decisions, circuit riding and the expansion of the court system to serve a growing nation, and the impact of the Civil War on the federal courts.