On Democracys Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought One Person, One Vote to the United States J. Douglas Smith

ISBN: 9780809074235

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On Democracys Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought One Person, One Vote to the United States  by  J. Douglas Smith

On Democracys Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought One Person, One Vote to the United States by J. Douglas Smith
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The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United StatesToday, Earl Warren is recalled as the chief justice of a Supreme Court that introduced school desegregation and other dramatic changes to AmericanMoreThe inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United StatesToday, 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.



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