100 Americans Making Constitutional History: A Biographical History presents 100 profiles of the key people behind some of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, a respected constitutional historian, each 2,000-word profile delves into the social and political context behind landmark Court decisions. For example, while a case like Brown v. Board of Education is about an important idea—the equal protection of the law—at its heart it is the story of a little girl, Linda Brown, who wanted to go to a decent school near her home. The outcome is accessible and objective “stories” about the individuals—heroes and scoundrels—who fought their way to constitutional history.

Thomas M. Patterson

Thomas M. Patterson

Criticism of the Courts

“A Direct Assault upon the Freedom of the Press”

Patterson v. Colorado

205 U.S. 454 (1907)

In 1904 Colorado reformers won an impressive victory in that year's statewide election, sweeping the conservative Republican governor, James H. Peabody, out of office and taking control of the state Senate. Their celebrations, however, were short-lived. Shortly after the election, the Colorado Supreme Court and the state legislature threw out many Democratic ballots on charges of electoral fraud, thereby handing the governorship back to the conservative Peabody and increasing Republican clout in Colorado's legislature. Reformers were outraged, and Thomas McDonald Patterson, a leader of the movement and the owner of one of the state's most influential newspapers, published a series of scathing articles and cartoons ...

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