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Published in Great Plains Research 19.1 (Spring 2009): 138. © 2009 Copyright by the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The book is a collection nine essays, five of which attempt to cover the whole or much of the last 100 years for a specific topic (constitutional, family, water, energy, and property law) through the identification of important or exemplary cases. The other four focus on either shorter time periods (a study of the makeup of the bench in its earliest years or the court’s treatment of women’s issues since the 1970s) or on only a pair of cases (over conscription during the First World War or Native hunting rights). There are large areas of law left out of this coverage: for instance, criminal law is only dealt with in passing, while employment and labor law is left out entirely.