In the first of three articles, distinguished political scientist Carl B. Swisher discusses the role of the Supreme Court as an instrument of the forging process by which American federalism was attained prior to the Civil War.

I. Introduction

II. The Marshall Era

III. Mr. Justice Story and the Transition between the Marshall Court and the Taney Court

IV. The Taney Court … A. Development of the Constitutional Rights of Corporations … B. Legislative Attacks on Corporate Charters … C. Corporations and Diversity of Citizenship … D. Centralization, Slavery, and Regional Conflict

V. Conclusion