The effect of a supreme court opinion outside the judicial system : an analysis of Brown v. Board of Education and the American South

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dc.contributor.advisor Perry, H. W.
dc.creator Allen, Neal Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T15:10:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-01T15:10:59Z
dc.date.created 2009-05
dc.date.issued 2010-06-01T15:10:59Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/7553
dc.description.abstract This dissertation seeks to describe and explain the connection between The Supreme Court and politics outside of the judicial system. It is a case study of the reaction to the Brown v. Board of Education integration decision in the American South. I apply a theoretical model of “judicialization,” arguing that when courts affect politics outside of the judicial system, they reshape politics to resemble the adversarial legal system, sparking polarized conflict and causing non-judicial political actors to make arguments in the form of constitutional doctrine. Analyzing editorials and letters to the editor from Southern newspapers, I show that debate after Brown was characterized by appeals to constitutional principles, and that Brown increased the salience of segregation in schools as a subject of political debate. I also supplement my Southern newspaper data with data from African-American newspapers and analyze Southern elections in the periods immediately before and after the education integration decision to assess the impact of the Court’s education decision on both voters and candidates.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject U.S. Supreme Court
dc.subject Politics
dc.subject Brown v. Board of Education
dc.subject American South
dc.title The effect of a supreme court opinion outside the judicial system : an analysis of Brown v. Board of Education and the American South
dc.description.department Government
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Government
thesis.degree.discipline Government
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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