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Chapter 4: The Burger Court: The Era of Ambivalence and Uncertainty, 1969–1986

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The Burger Court: The Era of Ambivalence and Uncertainty, 1969–1986
The burger court: The era of ambivalence and uncertainty, 1969ߝ1986

In many instances where the struggle for racial equality has made limited progress, that progress has been perceived as a threat and has been met with fear, hate and racism.

Karen Blum*
Republican Conservatism Replaces the Liberal Warren Court

After Chief Justice Earl Warren's retirement from the Supreme Court in 1969, President Richard Nixon nominated Warren Earl Burger to replace him on May 21, 1969, with almost no political opposition. On June 9, 1969, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a 74–3 vote. Although Warren Burger was not well known outside the legal community, President Nixon was extremely impressed with his conservatism in criminal jurisprudence and with ...

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