The Great Yazoo Lands Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck - Landmark Law Cases and American Society (Hardback)Charles F. Hobson (author)
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Truly a landmark case, Fletcher v. Peck established judicial review of state legislative proceedings, provided a gloss on the contract clause, and established the preeminent role of the Supreme Court in private law matters. Beneath the case's dry legal proceedings lay a tangle of speculating mania, corruption, and political rivalry, which Charles Hobson unravels with narrative aplomb. As the scene shifts from the frontier to the courtroom, and from Georgia to New England, the cast of characters includes sharp dealers like Robert Morris, hot-headed politicians like James Jackson, and able counsel like John Quincy Adams, along with, of course, John Marshall himself. The improbably dramatic tale opens a window on land transactions, Indian relations, and the politics of the early nation, thereby revealing how the controversy over the Yazoo lands sale reflected a deeper crisis over the meaning of republicanism. Hobson, a leading scholar of the Marshall Court, lays out the details of the litigation with great clarity even as he presents a longer view of the implications and consequences of Fletcher v. Peck.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
"One of our nation's leading scholars offers a cohesive study on one of the Marshall Court's three most important cases--Fletcher v. Peck. Perceived by some as a 'feigned case, ' Hobson reveals the case's legitimacy."--William E. Nelson, author of The Colonial Law in America and Marbury v. Madison: The Origins and Legacy of Judicial Review
"Charles F. Hobson, the longtime editor of The Papers of John Marshall, brings his unsurpassed familiarity with John Marshall to bear on the Marshall Court's first decision invaliding a state law as inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Hobson's The Great Yazoo Land Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck is a terrific companion to his highly regarded The Great Chief Justice: John Marshall and the Rule of Law."--Scott Douglas Gerber, author of A Distinct Judicial Power: The Origins of an Independent Judiciary, 1606-1787
"Hobson offers an excellent synthesis of Fletcher v. Peck--creating a distinguished addition to the Landmark Law series." --Herbert A. Johnson, author of Gibbons v. Ogden: John Marshall, Steamboats and the Commerce Clause
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