Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



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The culmination of this particular research intends to analyze U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall's judicial opinions with historical perspectives. Special emphasis is placed upon Marshall's motives for promoting the interests of the national government over the interests of the individual states and their respective governments and the interests ofthe federal judiciary over its fellow branches. Overall, it can be successfully argued that Marshall's influence was not to promote the individual branch of the federal judiciary, but rather promote the necessity of a strong national government. The research utilizes primary and secondary sources including Marshall's judicial opinions, his personal correspondence, and his autobiography. The overall purpose of the research seeks to achieve a sense of Marshall as a historical actor rather than the American iconic figure one generally associates Marshall as being.


Civil Procedure | Constitutional Law | Legal History