MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Emmett M. Essin III
William Douglas Burgess Jr., Andrew L. Slap
The framers of the Constitution designed a document to be the "Supreme Law of the Land" and within its pages a branch of government, a federal judiciary, never before envisioned. The Constitution, along with the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789, set the framework for building the strongest branch of government, the Supreme Court. Historical events and court decisions with few exceptions strengthened the power of the judiciary contributing to its authority. The Supreme Court Justices, by interpreting the Constitution and judging the legality of laws instituted by both state and federal legislatures, solidified its superior position in the government hierarchy. An examination of documents, case decisions, and the results of these decisions for the nation add credence to the assertion that of the three branches of government the strongest and most powerful was and is the Supreme Court.
Thesis - Open Access
Trudden, Sallie Raye, "The Power Behind the Constitution: The Supreme Court." (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1864. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1864
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