Investigating suggestions that about three-fourths of public
officials in egalitarian and classless America come from fewer than
ten percent of the country's families, political scientist Kurtz
analyzes the families and backgrounds of 104 members of the US
Supreme court from 1789 to 1988, and 98 justices of the Louisiana
Supreme Court from 1812 to 1988. In both cases a majority were
members of families whose political activity extended over three or
more generations and across state boundaries.
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