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On Democracy's Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought "One Person, One Vote" to the United States

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The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that brought true democracy to the United States

Today, Earl Warren is recalled as the chief justice of a Supreme Court that introduced school desegregation and other dramatic changes to American society. In retirement, however, Warren argued that his court’s greatest accomplishment was establishing the principle of “one perso
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Hill and Wang
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RobinLeigh Morgan
Jul 19, 2015 RobinLeigh Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book through a giveaway on GoodReads and the following is my honest opinion.

In high school history had always been my best subject with about a 93 average, from the 10th to the 12th grade. The depth and breadth of the information author, J. Douglas Smith, has covered in his book is extraordinary when compared to what I’d been taught.

One would think given the democracy we reportedly live in; one person one, one vote has always been the way part of the democratic process.
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Brad Lyerla
Nov 24, 2016 Brad Lyerla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the 'rotten boroughs' of the English parliamentary system in the 19th century to Everett McKinley Dirksen's failed attempt to amend the US Constitution in the 1960s, ON DEMOCRACY'S DOORSTEP is an enlightening history lesson on the problem of mal-apportionment of legislative districts and how the US Supreme Court resolved the problem in a series of cases in the mid-20th century.

While I did not agree with all of Smith's analysis, I loved his book and recommend it highly. I will offer a more f
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Frank Stein
Oct 17, 2015 Frank Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to remember how extreme apportionment problems once were. Though gerrymandered legislative districts, with their unfathomable squibbles, still attract ire, the problem is nothing next to districts that could vary in population by a factor of ten or even a hundred. In New Jersey there were state senators who represented 48,000 people and ones who represented 920,000, in Georgia, 1,800 and 185,000. In California, as little as 10% of the population could elect a majority of the state sena ...more
Giuseppe
Jul 22, 2014 Giuseppe rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed reading about the legislative apportionment cases, and the history behind "one man, one vote." While one would think the concept is a no-brainer, it clearly wasn't, especially for groups who only saw this as diluting their power. it was fascinating to read the history behind rejection of this concept, including maintaining the dilution of the African American vote in attempts to subtlety employ Jim Crow era tactics. What's fascinating is that gerrymandering still exists despite the his ...more
Brian
Jan 29, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The content of this book is overall good. The history of how one person, one vote became the law of the land is certainly interesting. Unfortunately, the book is often overly dense and detailed which makes the otherwise interesting history drag on for too long.
Jim Blessing
Nov 10, 2014 Jim Blessing rated it liked it
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Interesting book on the Supreme Court's actions to enforce a one man, one vote apportion of state legislatures. Unfortunately, it did nothing about gerrymandering districts.
Al Menaster
Pretty good. History of one man, one vote. Lots of historical background and internal court dynamics, plus the aftermath.
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Jan 09, 2015 Jim Twombly rated it really liked it
Excellent discussion of the battle to ensure o e person, one vote.
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