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Members of the Philadelphia Bar and Erstwhile Lecturers in the
University of Pennsylvania
SEVENTH EDITION, 1924
GEORGE T. BISEL COMPANY
Preface to Seventh Edition
This volume contains a collection of cases intended primarily for the use of students in the study of Government and Constitutional Law. For some years, the compilers have used the standard text books in teaching these subjects, and after careful consideration, finally came to the conclusion that better results were obtained by use of the Case Book method.
The opinions of the United States Supreme Court not only offer instructive and interesting reading, but are the best and most authoritative treatises upon the interpretation of the Constitution and the definition of the extent of State and Federal power. The facts of the cases present real problems which have actually come before the Courts for consideration and solution. We are convinced that when a principle of Constitutional Law is coupled with the actual facts of a case, the student not only more readily comprehends it, but retains it longer in his memory. We believe that the case book method opens to the reader the reasoning upon which our great constitutional questions are decided and encourages the use of the reasoning power in the solution of new problems.
If the student is referred to the original reports of cases, he will find difficulty in grasping the meaning of them because of the great amount of technical detail. The compilers have made a careful selection of the leading cases on the great constitutional questions, including the more important recent decisions of the Supreme Court. The endeavor has been to present a concise statement of the facts of each case, and to include those portions of the opinion of the Court which bear upon the principle of Constitutional Law under consideration. Matters of pleading and unimportant technical detail have been eliminated. The cases are in many instances annotated by explanatory matter and notes, and there have been included in the Appendix the important State and Federal statutes mentioned in the cases, as well as other statutes of interest to the student, such as the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Clayton Act.
H. EDGAR BARNES,
BYRON A. MILNER.
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