Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe
By Marc Stein
384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9937-3
Published: October 2010
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0088-8
Published: February 2013
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Awards & distinctions
A 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
About the Author
Marc Stein is the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University. He is author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America.
For more information about Marc Stein, visit the Author Page.
"Outstanding for collections on gay rights and the law. . . . Highly Recommended."--Choice
"A valuable legal history of the period often referred to as the sexual revolution."--Journal of Southern History
"An important, readable, and persuasive book. . . . After reading this important new study, readers will indeed think twice before celebrating a sexual revolution in the Court."--Law and History Review
"Stein's invaluable study . . . make[s] it required reading for anyone seeking to understand the changing relationship between law and sexuality."--The American Historical Review
"Stein is the first scholar to examine this episode in any depth and to tell Boutilier's tragic story following the Supreme Court ruling."--YFile, York University's Daily Bulletin
"Offers a sophisticated understanding of the narrow outlook of the Court on issues of sexual rights. . . . An important contribution to the history of law, sexuality, immigration, and citizenship. . . . In addition to his brilliant interpretation of these cases, Stein also presents a beautiful discussion of his approach and methodology as well as a remarkable transparency in his use of potentially difficult sources. . . . Offers a remarkable model and a useful example for all historians."--H-Net Reviews
Multimedia & Links
- Stein talks to Stephen Colbrook for the New Books Network podcast. (7/12/2019, running time 37:17)
- In a guest blog post, Stein discusses the numerous myths that continue to circulate about the contents and meanings of Roe. Read "Five Myths about Roe v. Wade."
- In another guest blog post, Stein considers how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s role and dissonance within the Republican party will influence a potential Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8. Read "Justice Kennedy and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage."
- In a guest blog post, Stein reviews some lessons from those earlier cases to help put the Supreme Court’s upcoming gay rights cases into historical context. Read "Gay Rights and the Supreme Court: The Early Years."