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The "New" Hugo Black & the Warren Court

Burton M. Atkins and Terry Sloope
Polity
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Summer, 1986), pp. 621-637
DOI: 10.2307/3234885
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234885
Page Count: 17
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The "New" Hugo Black & the Warren Court
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Abstract

Much has been said in the political science and law literature over whether or not Justice Hugo Black remained consistent in his voting behavior during his last several years on the Supreme Court. The debate focuses on Black's behavior during the 1960's and on whether his declining support, during that time, for civil liberties and civil rights is in fact only the apparent effect of the Court itself having become much more liberal. In this article Professor Atkins and Mr. Sloope test several hypotheses concerning Black and the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1971. They find that Black did show declining support not only for issues pertaining to civil liberties and civil rights, but also for those relating to economic liberalism.

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