The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era RepressionOne Hundred Decisions

The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era RepressionOne Hundred Decisions

Robert M. Lichtman

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780252037009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Abstract

This book provides a comprehensive history of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in “Communist” cases during the McCarthy era. The book shows the Court’s vulnerability to public criticism and attacks by the elected branches during periods of political repression. The book describes every Communist-related decision of the era (none is omitted), placing them in the context of political events and revealing the range and intrusiveness of McCarthy-era repression. Demonstrating keen insight into the Supreme Court’s inner workings and making extensive use of the justices’ papers, the book examines the dynamics of the Court’s changes in direction and the relationships and rivalries among its justices, including such towering figures as Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, and William J. Brennan, Jr.