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B767 Law of Democracy: Voting Rights

Description This is a survey course of the law governing the American political process. We will pay particular attention to the role played by the various branches of government in creating and influencing this process. While the conventional wisdom often places the U.S. Supreme Court at the center of the process, this course will show that this is a very recent development. The course is divided into three parts. The first will begin by looking to the constitutional convention in 1787 and the many compromises that its founders forged; will move through Jacksonian America and the rise of popular Democracy; will set-up the issues that led to civil war and Reconstruction; and will pay close attention to the Reconstruction Amendments. The second part of the course will focus on the failure of these Amendments and their revitalization in the 20th Century. The third and final section will begin in 1961, a pivotal moment in the history of judicial involvement in voting rights controversies. The course will appeal to students interested the American history, race, voting rights, and the role of the Supreme Court in American politics. Updated 02/12

Faculty D. Williams, Fuentes-Rohwer

Fall 2012 - 2013Law of Democracy: Voting RightsFuentes-Rohwer, L.
Fall 2010 - 2011Law of Democracy: Voting RightsFuentes-Rohwer, L.
Fall 2009 - 2010Law of Democracy: Voting Rights (syllabus)Fuentes-Rohwer, L.