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Justice lies in the District : the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1902-1960

Author: Charles L Zelden
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1993.
Series: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University, no. 46.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In 1902 a new federal district court was established to serve a broad segment of the Texas Gulf Coast region, including Houston. In the use of its discretion to choose between "private" and "public" law, this court for many years served the interests of the region's economic and political elite and helped stabilize a fast-changing economy that was undergoing wild swings of boom and bust. After 1945, however, the
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Zelden, Charles L., 1963-
Justice lies in the District.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1993
(DLC) 92031903
(OCoLC)26546495
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles L Zelden
ISBN: 0585174520 9780585174525
OCLC Number: 44954485
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 312 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Federal Justice in a Frontier State: The Federal Courts in Nineteenth-Century Texas --
2. "Awhir with a Buoyant Business Progressiveness": The Progressive Era, 1902-17 --
3. Trade Not Treason: Public Law in War and Peace, 1918-33 --
4. Balancing Rights with Duties: Private Law during the Twenties --
5. Keeping the Law within Reasonable Limits: Public Law during the Depression --
6. Regulation without Restriction: Private Law during the Depression --
7. Public Policies and Private Concerns: The Second World War --
8. The More Things Change: Public and Private Law in the Post-World War II Era, 1946-60 --
Appendix: Court Personnel.
Series Title: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University, no. 46.
Responsibility: Charles L. Zelden.

Abstract:

In 1902 a new federal district court was established to serve a broad segment of the Texas Gulf Coast region, including Houston. In the use of its discretion to choose between "private" and "public" law, this court for many years served the interests of the region's economic and political elite and helped stabilize a fast-changing economy that was undergoing wild swings of boom and bust. After 1945, however, the court reluctantly began to address growing demands for.

Public law enforcement of national policies, including civil rights, and by 1960, public law issues had come to dominate the court's dockets. In this groundbreaking study of a representative lower federal court, Charles L. Zelden provides insight into the functioning of district courts and their impact on the larger legal, economic, and political systems. Combining the perspectives of legal history with those of economic, business, urban, political, and social history.

And drawing on largely untapped manuscript court records, he offers a unique view of the ways in which the federal courts have shaped the nation's public and private life. The well-crafted narrative looks at the full range of the court's decisions, clearly explaining complex legal issues. It sketches in as well the personalities and political positions of the judges. Zelden demonstrates that a judge's personal and class background largely determined his judicial.

Philosophy and set his agenda on the bench. Zelden's work contributes an important dimension to the growing literature on the economic, social, and urban history of Texas and of America in the first half of this century. It elucidates the judicial role in consolidating a cultural ethos of economic growth, self-reliant individualism, and freedom from governmental restraint.

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