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The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era RepressionOne Hundred Decisions$
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Robert M. Lichtman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037009

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037009.001.0001

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Deportations, Fallout from Dennis, and the Rosenberg Case

Deportations, Fallout from Dennis, and the Rosenberg Case

(October Terms 1951 and 1952, Special Term 1953)

(p.48) 4 Deportations, Fallout from Dennis, and the Rosenberg Case
The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era Repression

Robert M. Lichtman

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions during its October 1951 and 1952 terms and Special term in 1953. The decisions in the 1951 and 1952 terms largely sustained government action. Deportation issues predominated, with the Court issuing seven signed decisions in deportation cases over the two-year span. Three other decisions were spawned by Dennis, two relating to punishment of Dennis defense attorneys. The Court also ruled on the validity of a loyalty oath required of Oklahoma’s public-school teachers and on New York City’s loyalty program for its teachers. And it considered for the first time loyalty measures applied by the Army to its draftees—in this case, a medical doctor. In June 1953, at the end of the 1952 term, the imminent execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg also gave rise to a wrenching series of events.

Keywords:   U.S. Supreme Court, deportation, Dennis, defense attorneys, loyalty oath, public school teachers, draftees, U.S. Army, Julius Rosenberb, Ethel Rosenberg

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