The Warren Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy

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Earl Warren served as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1953 until the end of the tumultuous 1960s. This book shows why conservative critics still view this court as out of control and leftist, while its liberal fans still cheer what they view as the court's progressive activism.

Among this court's contributions to American life are the rights accorded to the accused in Miranda v. Arizona, the limits it placed on school prayer, and the abolition of school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education. To understand such basic American principles as equal protection, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, the rights of the accused, and the right to privacy, every citizen should understand the Warren Court.

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"If the other volumes are as comprehensive and readable as this one, then the series will be successful in its goal of providing usable and accessible information about the Supreme Court to the general public. . . . Highly recommended for all readers."



Noting that US Supreme Court decisions such as (1962) banning mandatory prayer from schools and (1966) resulting in "Miranda rights"are still being debated long after Warren's tenure as chief justice (1953-68), Urofsky (history, Virginia Commonwealth U.) informs general readers as well as legal scholars of his commitment to a pragmatic jurisprudence of a living Constitution. He places the Warren Court in the context of the Roosevelt to post-World War II era, and Warren's background; reviews his major decisions; and traces his influence on the Burger and Rehnquist courts. The 100-page reference section includes an overview of key people, laws, and events; a chronology; table of cases; glossary; and Internet resources. Includes b&w photos of several justices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Pt. 1 Justices, Rulings, and Legacy 1
1 The Warren Court and the Period 3
The Roosevelt Era 3
World War II 11
The Post-World War Era 14
The Black-Frankfurter Debate 19
2 The Justices 29
The Superchief and His Associates 32
3 The Decisions 77
The Equal Protection of the Law 78
The Reapportionment Cases 103
The First Amendment: The Speech Clause 111
The First Amendment: The Press Clause 131
The First Amendment: The Religion Clauses 138
The Rights of the Accused 156
The Right to Privacy 182
A Final Lesson in Democracy 184
4 The Legacy 189
The Transformation of the Court 189
The Burger Court and Equal Protection 191
The Rehnquist Court and Equal Protection 195
The Legacy of Warren Court Equal Protection 206
The Burger Court and Speech 208
The Burger Court and a Free Press 215
The Rehnquist Court and Free Speech 219
The Burger Court and the Religion Clauses 223
The Rehnquist Court and the Religion Clauses 228
The Burger Court and Rights of the Accused 236
The Rehnquist Court and Rights of the Accused 241
The Right to Privacy - Abortion and the Right to Die 243
Conclusion: The Warren Court's Legacy 253
Pt. 2 Reference Materials 257
Key People, Laws, and Events 259
Chronology 281
Table of Cases 287
Glossary 297
Selected Bibliography 311
Index 327
About the Author 357
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