The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective

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Mark V. Tushnet
University of Virginia Press, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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The tenure of Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1953-69) was marked by a series of decisions unique in the history of the Court for the progressive agenda they bespoke. What made the Warren Court special? How can students of history and political science understand the Warren Court as part of constitutional history and politics? To answer such questions, nine well-known legal scholars and historians explore how each justice contributed to the distinctiveness of the Warren Court in Supreme Court history.

  

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Contents

The First Generation
35
Felix Frankfurter the Progressive Tradition and the Warren Court
51
William O Douglas as Common Law Judge
64
Hugo L Black and the Warren Court in Retrospect
86
The Central Figures of the Second Generation
107
William J Brennan and the Warren Court
123
The Second Generation
137
Symbol of the Warren Court?
155
Notes
171
Bibliography
201
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About the author (1993)

Mark Tushnet is Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of The NAACP's Legal Strategy against Segregated Education, 1925-1950; Red, White, and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law; and Making Civil Rights Law:Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961.

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