The Warren Court and American Politicsby Lucas A. Powe Jr.
Pub. Date: 03/28/2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
"A skillful blending of the techniques and concerns of legal scholars and political scientists, combined within a lively, at times riveting, narrative." G. Edward White, University of Virginia School of Law The Warren Court and American Politics Lucas A. Powe, Jr. 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 outliers to that traditionthe white South, rural America, and areas of Roman Catholic dominance. In a learned and lively narrative, Powe discusses over 200 significant rulings: the explosive Brown decision, which fundamentally challenged the Southern way of life; reapportionment (one person, one vote), which changed 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. Lucas A. Powe, Jr., holds the Anne Green Regents Chairat the University of Texas, where he teaches in the School of Law and the Department of Government. Belknap Press 63/8 x 91/4 13 halftones 600 pp. isbn 0-674-00095-1 (POWWAR) $35.00 (£21.95 UK) American History/Law
Table of ContentsPreface 1. The Supreme Court, 1935-1953 I. Beginnings: The 1953 -1956 Terms Prologue: Brown before Warren 2. Brown 3. Implementation 4. Domestic Security 5. Glimpses of the Future II. Stalemate: The 1957 -1961 Terms Prologue:"Dangerously, Shockingly Close" 6. Domestic Security after Red Monday 7. Little Rock and Civil Rights 8. The Transition III. History's Warren Court: The 1962 -1968 Terms Prologue: The Fifth Vote 9. To the Civil Rights Act 10. Revamping the Democratic Process 11. After the Civil Rights Act 12. Freedom of Expression 13. The End of Obscenity? 14. Church and State in a Pluralist Society 15. Policing the Police 16. Policing the Criminal Justice System 17. Wealth and Poverty IV. The Era Ends Prologue: Retirement 18. The Last Year 19. What Was the Warren Court? Chronology Notes Bibliography Index of Cases General Index
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