9780813569727-0813569729-Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Rivergate Regionals Collection)

Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Rivergate Regionals Collection)

ISBN-13: 9780813569727
ISBN-10: 0813569729
Edition: None
Author: Johnson, Nelson
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Format: Hardcover 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780813569727
ISBN-10: 0813569729
Edition: None
Author: Johnson, Nelson
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Format: Hardcover 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Johnson, Nelson wrote Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Rivergate Regionals Collection) comprising 288 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0813569729 and 9780813569727. Since then Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Rivergate Regionals Collection) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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New Jersey’s legal system was plagued with injustices from the time the system was established through the mid-twentieth century. In Battleground New Jersey, historian and author of Boardwalk Empire, Nelson Johnson chronicles reforms to the system through the dramatic stories of Arthur T. Vanderbilt—the first chief justice of the state’s modern-era Supreme Court—and Frank Hague—legendary mayor of Jersey City. Two of the most powerful politicians in twentieth-century America, Vanderbilt and Hague clashed on matters of public policy and over the need to reform New Jersey’s antiquated and corrupt court system. Their battles made headlines and eventually led to legal reform, transforming New Jersey’s court system into one of the most highly regarded in America.

Vanderbilt’s power came through mastering the law, serving as dean of New York University Law School, preaching court reform as president of the American Bar Association, and organizing suburban voters before other politicians recognized their importance. Hague, a remarkably successful sixth-grade dropout, amassed his power by exploiting people’s foibles, crushing his rivals, accumulating a fortune through extortion, subverting the law, and taking care of business in his own backyard. They were different ethnically, culturally, and temperamentally, but they shared the goals of power.

Relying upon previously unexamined personal files of Vanderbilt, Johnson’s engaging chronicle reveals the hatred the lawyer had for the mayor and the lengths Vanderbilt went to in an effort to destroy Hague. Battleground New Jersey illustrates the difficulty in adapting government to a changing world, and the vital role of independent courts in American society.

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