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Author Emert, Phyllis Raybin.

Title Attorneys general : enforcing the law / Phyllis Raybin Emert.

Imprint Minneapolis : Oliver Press, c2005.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Children's Non-fiction    j 920 EME    Staff Reported Missing
Description 176 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Series In the cabinet; 3
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 166-168) and index.
Contents William Wirt: defining the office -- Edward Bates: war, civil liberties, and slavery -- A. Mitchell Palmer: abusing the office -- Francis Biddle: loyalty versus conscience -- Herbert Brownell: beginning the fight for equality -- Robert F. Kennedy: the struggle for civil rights -- Edwin Meese III: politicizing the office -- Janet Reno: first female Attorney General.
Summary Profiles eight influencial attorneys general and describes their accomplishments, and their term of office. As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, each of these attorneys general dealt with controversial legal issues and political events. William Wirt helped define the role. Edward Bates (the Civil War), A. Mitchell Palmer (the Red Scare), and Francis Biddle (World War II) restricted civil liberties during times of war and unrest, while Herbert Brownell and Robert F. Kennedy advanced civil rights. Edwin Meese brought a conservative agenda to the Justice Department in the 1980s, and Janet Reno made headlines with the Waco and Elian Gonzales cases in the 1990s. An afterword discusses John Ashcroft and the balance of civil liberties with national security.
Subject Wirt, William, 1772-1834.
Bates, Edward, 1793-1869.
Palmer, A. Mitchell, (Alexander Mitchell), 1872-1936.
Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968.
Brownell, Herbert, 1904-1996-
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
Meese, Edwin.
Reno, Janet, 1938-
United States. Department of Justice. Office of the Attorney General.
United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of the Attorney General -- Juvenile literature.
Attorneys general -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Justice, Administration of -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Law enforcement -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Attorneys general.
Justice, Administration of.
Cabinet officers.
Attorneys general -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Administration of justice -- Juvenile literature.
Cabinet officers -- Juvenile literature.
ISBN 1881508668 (lib. bdg.)
9781881508663 (lib. bdg.)

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