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796.17 - Seminar History of American Law and Society Since the Civil War
Professor: David Stebenne
Semester: 2010 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Class Participation, Short (2-3 page) Seminar Paper Prospectus, and a 20-page Seminar Paper
Special Notes: This course is cross-listed in History
An examination of the history of the U. S. Supreme Court from the late 1930’s through the late 1960’s. Major topics explored in depth include New-Deal-era jurisprudence, major rulings on labor law, civil liberties during World War II and the Cold War, racial desegregation, church-state relations, reapportionment, the moderately conservative jurisprudence of the Eisenhower period, and the reasons why moderately liberal and conservative approaches to constitutional interpretation fell out of favor during the middle and later 1960’s.
REQUIREMENTS: Class participation, a short (2-3 page) seminar paper prospectus; and a twenty-page seminar paper that surveys and critiques the legal-historical literature on some topic raised by the assigned readings and class discussions.
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