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  • American History Magazine

    Why Marbury Matters

    The U.S. Supreme Court—unlike the highest courts in 10 American states and in many foreign countries—cannot rule on abstract questions of law, only on actual controversies between actual litigants. Often those litigants represent...

  • American History Magazine

    Ghosts of Montpelier

    James and Dolley Madison emerge from the shadows after a restoration team rips out the embellishments later owners made to their Virginia mansion. The president died in this room. He was feeble, nearly deaf, his fingers worthless with...