The Warren Court and American Politics
By (author) Lucas A. Powe
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Warren Court and American Politics by Lucas A. Powe
Book DescriptionThe supreme court under Chief Justice Earl Warren was the most revolutionary and controversial supreme court in American history. But in what sense? Challenging the reigning consensus that the Warren Court, fundamentally, was protecting minorities, Lucas Powe revives the valuable tradition of looking at the supreme court in the wide political environment to find the Warren Court a functioning partner in Kennedy-Johnson liberalism. Thus the court helped to impose national liberal-elite values on groups that were outliners to that tradition - the white south, rural America, and areas of Roman Catholic dominance. In this narrative, the author discusses over 200 significant rulings: the explosive Brown decision, which fundamentally challenged the southern way of life; re-apportionment (one person, one vote), which change the political balance of American legislatures, the gradual elimination of anti-Communist domestic security programs the reform of criminal procedures (Mapp, Gideon, Miranda); the ban on school-sponsored prayer; and a new law on pornography. Most of these decisions date from 1962, when those who shaped the dominant ideology of the Warren Court of storied fame gained a fifth secure liberal vote. The justices of the majority were prominent individuals, brimming with confidence, willing to help shape a revolution and see if it would last.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674006836
(235mm x 162mm x 29mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lucas A. Powe
Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008, Paperback (May 2011)
Drawing on more than four decades of thinking about the Supreme Court and its role in the American political system, this book offers a clear, and troubling perspective on American jurisprudence, politics, and history.
Fourth Estate and the Constitution, Paperback (October 1992)» View all books by Lucas A. Powe
In 1964 the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in New York Times v Sullivan guaranteeing constitutional protection for caustic criticism of public officials, thus forging the modern law of freedom of the press. The author synthesizes law, history, and theory to explain and justify full protection of the editorial choices of the press.
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Author Biography - Lucas A. Powe
Lucas A. Powe, Jr., holds the Anne Green Regents Chair at the University of Texas, where he teaches in the School of Law and the Department of Government.
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