Providing a well-rounded presentation of the constitution and evolution of civil rights in the United States, this book will be useful for students and academics with an interest in civil rights, race and the law. Abraham L Davis and Barbara Luck Graham's purpose is: to give an overview of the Supreme Court and its rulings with regard to issues of equality and civil rights; to bring law, political science and history into the discussion of civil rights and the Supreme Court; to incorporate the politically disadvantaged and the human component into the discussion; to stimulate discussion among students; and to provide a text that cultivates competence in reading actual Supreme Court cases.
Chapter 4: The Burger Court: The Era of Ambivalence and Uncertainty, 1969–1986
The Burger Court: The Era of Ambivalence and Uncertainty, 1969–1986
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.
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 ...