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

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

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On democracy's doorstep : the inside story of how the Supreme Court brought "one person, one vote" to the United States
Title
On democracy's doorstep
Title remainder
the inside story of how the Supreme Court brought "one person, one vote" to the United States
Statement of responsibility
J. Douglas Smith
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Author
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Language
eng
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"--
  • "The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United States"--
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1965-
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Smith, J. Douglas
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • legal cases and notes
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  • United States
  • Apportionment (Election law)
  • United States
  • United States
  • Apportionment (Election law)
  • Politics and government
  • United States
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On democracy's doorstep : the inside story of how the Supreme Court brought "one person, one vote" to the United States, J. Douglas Smith
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780809074242
Lccn
2013040784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)866252056
Label
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
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780809074242
Lccn
2013040784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)866252056

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