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Author Smith, J. Douglas, 1965- author.

Title On democracy's doorstep : the inside story of how the Supreme Court brought "one person, one vote" to the United States / J. Douglas Smith.

Publication Info. New York : Hill and Wang, 2014.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  KF4905 .S65 2014    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-1  342.7307 SMI    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  342.73 SMI    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Rotten Boroughs -- California, 1948 -- The Shame of the States -- It Has Lots to Do with the Price of Eggs : The Making of Baker v. Carr -- Into the Political Thicket -- One Person, One Vote -- The Making of Reynolds v. Sims -- Converging on Washington, D.C. -- Amicus Curiae -- November 1963 -- Legislators Represent People, Not Trees or Acres -- The Little Filibuster -- Scared Stiff -- Let the People Decide.
Summary "The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United States Today, Earl Warren is recalled as the chief justice of a Supreme Court that introduced school desegregation and other dramatic changes to American society. In retirement, however, Warren argued that his court's greatest accomplishment was establishing the principle of "one person, one vote" in state legislative and congressional redistricting. Malapportionment, Warren recognized, subverted the will of the majority, privileging rural voters, and often business interests and whites, over others. In declaring nearly all state legislatures unconstitutional, the court oversaw a revolution that transformed the exercise of political power in the United States. On Democracy's Doorstep tells the story of this crucial--and neglected--episode. J. Douglas Smith follows lawyers, activists, and Justice Department officials as they approach the court. We see Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy pushing for radical change and idealistic lawyers in Alabama bravely defying their peers. We then watch as the justices edge toward their momentous decision. The Washington Post called the result a step "toward establishing democracy in the United States." But not everyone agreed; Smith shows that business lobbies and their political allies attempted to overturn the court by calling the first Constitutional Convention since the 1780s. Thirty-three states ratified their petition--just one short of the two-thirds required"-- Provided by publisher.
"The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United States"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject United States. Supreme Court.
United States. Supreme Court. (OCoLC)fst00529481
Chronological Term 1945 - 1989
Subject Apportionment (Election law) -- United States -- Cases.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Apportionment (Election law) (OCoLC)fst00811773
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Trials, litigation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01423712
ISBN 9780809074235 (hardback)
0809074230 (hardback)

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