When, why, and how did the Supreme Court get the final say in the law of the land? The question of the Court's role, and whether its decisions should reign above all the other branches of government, has been hotly debated for centuries. And that's resulted in a Supreme Court more powerful than anything the Founding Fathers could have imagined possible.
If you would like to learn more about the topic:
- The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review by Larry D. Kramer
- The Supreme Court by William H. Rehnquist
- The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities by Stephen G. Breyer
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Correction Dec. 13, 2020
A previous version of this episode incorrectly said Abraham Lincoln was a senator from Illinois but he lost the senate race by 4 votes. We should have said he was a congressman from Illinois.