The Warren Court

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The Warren Court, 1966

Back row, L to R: Justices White, Brennan, Stewart, Fortas

Front Row, L to R: Justices Clark, Black, Warren, Douglas, Harlan

  Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on the Cheney task force case, which appeared before the Court Tuesday.

The Warren Court represented the high point of judicial activism from liberals. For those of you who haven't read Engel v. Vitale, do so below.

secondary reading:

American Liberalism and the Warren Court's Legacy

Liberal commentary on the Warren Court

primary documents:

The NY Board of Regents authorized a short, voluntary prayer for recitation at the start of each school day, attempting to defuse the politically potent issue by taking it out of the hands of local communities. The blandest of invocations read as follows: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and beg Thy blessings upon us, our teachers, and our country." In the case, the Court confronted the question of whether the reading of a nondenominational prayer at the state of the school day violate the "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment.
For the decision, see the majority opinion of Justice Black, the concurring opinion of Justice Douglas, and the dissenting opinion of Justice Stewart. What opinion do you find the most persuasive? Why?