Provocative Essays on Judicial Review.
This book contains five historical essays, three of them on the concept of
"judicial review," which is defined as the power and duty of a court to disregard
ultra vires legislative acts.
. In "Marbury v. Madison and the Doctrine of Judicial Review," Corwin asks:
"What is the exact legal basis of the power of the Supreme Court to pass upon
the constitutionality of acts of Congress?"
. "We, the People" examines the issues of secession and nullifi cation.
. "The Pelatiah Webster Myth" demolishes Hannis Taylor's thesis that Webster
was the "secret" author of the United States Constitution.
. "The Dred Scott Decision" considers Chief Justice Taney's argument
concerning Scott's title to citizenship under the Constitution.
. "Some Possibilities in the Way of Treaty-Making" discusses how the US
Constitution relates to international treaties.
Edward S. Corwin [1878-1963] succeeded Woodrow Wilson as the McCormick
Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and was the fi rst chairman
of the Department of Politics. The author of numerous books on constitutional
law, he is best known for The Constitution and What It Means Today (1920).
He was the president of the American Political Science Association, winner of
the American Philosophical Society's Franklin Medal and Phillips Prize and was
among the notable scholars acknowledged at the Harvard Tercentenary. In 1952,
Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Hall was renamed Edward S. Corwin Hall.