The Court That Tamed The West

From the gold rush to the Internet boom, the US District Court for the Northern District of California has played a major role in how business is done
and life is lived on the Pacific Coast. When California was first admitted to the Union, pioneers were busy prospecting for new fortunes, building
towns and cities–and suing each other. San Francisco became the epicenter of a litigious new world being cobbled together from gold dust and sand
dunes. Its federal court set precedents, from deciding the fate of Mexican land grants and shanghaied sailors to civil rights for Chinese immigrants.
Through the era of Prohibition and the labor movement to World War II and the tumultuous sixties and seventies, the court’s historic rulings have defined
the Bay Area’s geography, culture, and commerce.

Sponsored by the Northern District Court’s Historical Society and told by veteran journalists, The Court That Tamed the West presents the region’s history
through a new lens, offering insight along with great storytelling.

This long unavailable autobiography is required reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the most controversial and dynamic chief justices in Supreme
Court History and his remarkable impact on American Society.

In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared
many of President Richard Nixon’s philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward.
Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the story of Rehnquist’s appointment. Dean offers readers a place in the White House
inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process.

In this long-awaited successor to his landmark work A History of American Law, Lawrence M. Friedman offers a monumental
history of American law in the twentieth century. Written by one of our most eminent legal historians, this engrossing book chronicles a century of
revolutionary change within a legal system that has come to affect us all. Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford
University. He is the former president of the Law and Society Association and of the American Society for Legal History. His previous books include
A History of American Law and Crime and Punishment in American History, which
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Named one of the best books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times Book Review; Selected by Choice as a 2003 Outstanding Academic Title; Winner of AAP’s
2002 PSP Award for Excellence in Professional/Scholarly Publishing in Law; Winner of the Scribes Award for the best book on law written in 2002

Cecil Poole: A Life In The Law by James Haskins. Written for young adult readers, this book recounts the uplifting story of the first African American
U.S. Attorney in the continental United States, who culminated his 40-year legal career with service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. “Cheers
to the Ninth Circuit Historical Society for telling [this] inspiring story. . .” –U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

For printed publication: 172 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. ISBN 0-9635086-2-8.  

Teachers, contact us to request free printed copies for classroom use.

For free audiobook: Download here. Size: 115MB Time: 4:11

The audiobook is read by Darla Middlebrook, an actress and voice over artist who is also a trained speech pathologist. She can be heard on the audiobooks
Sojourner Truth: Antislavery Activist by Peter Krauss and Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Leader by Mary Hull (Redwood Audio), and is one of several voice
over artists who lend their voices to AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles. Originally from Ohio, she resides in Saskatchewan, Canada.

As a U.S. senator, Ernest McFarland sponsored more than forty congressional laws, including the landmark GI Bill in 1944. Twice he led the Central Arizona
Project (CAP) to passage in the Senate on its way to ultimate success, and his dedication led to his selection as U.S. Senate majority leader. After
losing to Barry Goldwater in 1952, McFarland returned to Arizona, led a Democratic resurgence, and became a two-term governor. He enjoyed notable achievements
preparing the way for industrial expansion in the state and successfully arguing the CAP case before the U.S. Supreme Court. At age seventy he successfully
ran for the Arizona Supreme Court, where he wrote the controversial decision that was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona. He
rose to chief justice in 1968, thus achieving the unique political triple crown of serving in the highest position in the legislative, executive, and
judicial branches of state government. Mac passed away in Phoenix in 1984 at age 89, having risen from a log cabin in Oklahoma to Capitol Hill and
to the Arizona statehouse, working alongside such notables as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson in a career marked by selfless concern for the common
person and stewardship of his nation.

The Supreme Court has generated many dramatic stories, none more so than the one that began on February 5, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confident in
his recent landslide reelection and frustrated by a Court that had overturned much of his New Deal legislation, stunned Congress and the American people
with his announced intention to add six new justices. Even though the now-famous “court packing” scheme divided his own party, almost everyone assumed
FDR would get his way and reverse the Court’s conservative stance and long-standing laissez-faire support of corporate America, so persuasive and powerful
had he become. I n the end, however, a Supreme Court justice, Owen Roberts, who cast off precedent in the interests of principle, and a Democratic
senator from Montana, Burton K. Wheeler, led an effort that turned an apparently unstoppable proposal into a humiliating rejection―and preserved the
Constitution. FDR v. Constitution is the colorful story behind 168 days that riveted―and reshaped―the nation.

Burt Solomon skillfully recounts the major New Deal initiatives of FDR’s first term and the rulings that overturned them, chronicling as well the politics
and personalities on the Supreme Court―from the brilliant octogenarian Louis Brandeis, to the politically minded chief justice, Charles Evans Hughes,
to the mercurial Roberts, whose “switch in time saved nine.” T he ebb and flow of one of the momentous set pieces in American history placed the inner
workings of the nation’s capital on full view as the three branches of our government squared off.


Made of sturdy canvas with comfortable royal blue straps, and sporting our lovely arches logo, it’s the perfect thing to carry all of your history books
or other items in!

Enjoy this pack of 8 notecards — four different historic images of the lovely Chamber Courthouse in Pasadena!