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Columbia Law School

1994

Ecology Law Quarterly

Civil Rights and Discrimination

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Two Social Movements, Thomas W. Merrill Jan 1994

Two Social Movements, Thomas W. Merrill

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Two social movements in the last fifty years have had a profound impact on our understanding of law and the role of the courts in our system of government. One is the civil rights movement. The demand for greater racial and gender equality and other civil rights has changed the face of the law in countless ways. For example, it has called into question – or at least required a fundamental revision in – the traditional understanding that the courts should interpret the Constitution and laws in accordance with their original meaning. Decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education and the ...