Lucas A. Powe Jr. is Professor in the School of Law, as well as in the Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts. Powe Jr. won the 2001 Grand Prize of the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for this book.
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In a learned and lively narrative, Powe discusses over 200 significant rulings: the explosive Brown decision, which fundamentally challenged the Southern way of life; reapportionment (one person, one vote), which changed the political balance of American legislatures; the gradual elimination of anti-Communist domestic security programs; the reform of criminal procedures (Mapp, Gideon, Miranda); the ban on school-sponsored prayer; and a new law on pornography.
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