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Earl Warren and the Struggle for Justice

Paul Moke

Earl Warren and the Struggle for Justice explores the remarkable life of one of the leading public figures and jurists of twentieth century America. Based on newly available source materials, it traces Warren’s progressive vision of government from its origins in the fight against urban corruption in Oakland, California during the 1930s to its culmination in the effort to professionalize public school administration, law enforcement, and the management of the electoral process under the auspices of the U.S. Constitution. Although Warren’s major social justice decisions strengthened democracy at a crucial juncture in American and world history, in times of crisis his excessive deference to national security officials sometimes jeopardized other core human rights, as shown in his approaches to the Japanese internment and the investigation into the assassination of President John Kennedy. The book offers accessible and fresh insights into the dynamics of the Supreme Court and the accomplishments of Earl Warren, the man, jurist, and political leader. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 394Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-2013-3 • Hardback • October 2015 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4985-2015-7 • Paperback • May 2017 • $54.99 • (£37.95)
978-1-4985-2014-0 • eBook • October 2015 • $109.99 • (£75.00)
Paul Moke is professor of political science at Wilmington College.
Chapter 1. Earl Warren and the People’s Court

Part I. Childhood, Education, and Early Career
Chapter 2. Coming of Age
Chapter 3. The D.A. On the Waterfront

Part II: Finding a National Voice
Chapter 4. The War at Home
Chapter 5. California’s Favorite Son

Part III: Earl Warren on the Bench
Chapter 6. A Day That Will Live in Glory
Chapter 7. All Deliberate Speed
Chapter 8. The Super Chief
Chapter 9. The Warren Court and the Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 10. Reforming Criminal Justice

Part IV. Earl Warren Off the Bench
Chapter 11. An Incident in Dallas
Chapter 12. The Warren Commission and the Kennedy Assassination

Part V. Conclusion
Chapter 13. The End of the Warren Court
Chapter 14. The Legacy of Earl Warren

About the Author
A thoroughly researched account of Warren’s extraordinary life that draws on
newly available original sources and provides a comprehensive portrait of his major
contributions to 20th Century justice in the U.S., both on and off the bench.
Howard Tolley, University of Cincinnati

This book presents the details of Warren’s life and career, including some of his
best known Supreme Court decisions, in an accessible fashion. Persons without legal
training will be able to get a good sense of Warren’s contributions. Likewise, it
responds, in a way that other books on Warren have not, to the ‘conservative’
criticism of the Warren Court that has surfaced in the last decade.
G. Edward White, University of Virginia School of Law

The book presents additional insight into the work of the Warren Commission.
Wilmington News-Journal

Moke argues that Earl Warren was one of the central political figures of his time. Warren, who had been attorney general and governor of California, was chief justice from 1953 to 1969; he participated in the civil rights revolution that benefited African Americans, the cases that were meant to enforce the rights of criminally accused persons, and the court-ordered reapportionments of legislatures based on the one-person, one-vote principle. Moke’s thesis is easily proven; Warren is considered so influential in these developments that the period is commonly called the Warren Era. Moke mines previously plundered archives and contributes some new material from the 1930s. . . .Moke makes a contribution, showing how the attorney general who supported the Japanese exclusion of 1942 developed into the author of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and how the prosecutor who carelessly disregarded the rights of accused persons in the 1930s grew into the defender of the Miranda warning. But in 1964, Moke notes, Warren failed to 'speak truth to power' as the chairman of the Warren Commission. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students.