James F. Simon is the Martin Professor of Law at New York Law School, a former editor of Time, and author of several books on the Supreme Court in the twentieth century. What Kind of Nation traces protracted conflicts between Thomas Jefferson, an ardent believer in state sovereignty, and John Marshall, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who advocated a federal model buttressed by a strong judiciary. Professor Simon concludes that Marshall's victory established the court as an equal partner in the federal system.

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