in Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226500867
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226561127 | DOI:

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This chapter describes how conventional explanations of the origins of Supreme Court decisions would answer the three southern-inspired questions about Brown v. Board of Education that frame the book. The influence of the judicial policies of the Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower administrations on the high bench's institutional mission is concluded, a mission that drove its decision to constitutionally dismantle southern segregation. The presidency-focused approach adds much to the understanding of the origins of the Supreme Court's civil rights decisions of 1940 and 1950. It enables further exploration and explanation of the outside political and institutional influences on Supreme Court decision making. The usefulness of the approach for understanding the origins of Supreme Court decisions of other eras is thus concluded.

Keywords: Supreme Court; Board of Education; presidency-focused approach; decision making; southern segregation

Chapter.  8436 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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