This book review of Jeffrey Morris’s Establishing Justice in Middle America argues that although Morris makes an important contribution to the understudied Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, he fails to engage the reader in the personalities that populated the court, eschews the development of coherent themes running through the court’s membership changes and temporal scope, and omits important cases that helped define the court as an independent judicial body.

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67 Arkansas Historical Quarterly 310-313 (2008)


Reviewing Jeffrey Brandon Morris' Establishing Justice in Middle America: A History of the Eighth Circuit (2008).

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