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Description - The Warren Court and American Politics by Lucas A. Powe

The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780674006836
ISBN-10: 0674006836
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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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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