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J. Douglas Smith
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

An Unfinished Revolution: Reapportionment and the Quest for Democracy in 20th-Century America

When asked the most important issue decided by his Court, Chief Justice Earl Warren cited Baker v. Carr (1962), Reynolds v. Sims (1964), and a series of companion cases that established the principle of “one-person, one-vote” in all congressional and state legislative apportionments. Despite the importance of these cases, not one full-length monograph has appeared in print in nearly thirty-five years. During that time, numerous relevant sources have become available. Envisioned as a sweeping political and social history, this study will examine not only why the reapportionment decisions mattered as much as Warren claimed, but also how, ironically, the decisions came to matter in ways that Warren never anticipated.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2006 – 8/31/2007