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The Supreme Court and McCarthy-Era Repression: One Hundred Decisions

Robert M. Lichtman


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 t ... More

Keywords: U.S. Supreme Court, McCarthy era, political repression, Communism, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, William J. Brennan Jr.

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037009
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Lichtman, author