What was the impact of the Warren Court (Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren) on American history?
- TrevorLv 43 years agoFavorite Answer
The Warren Court made some of the most dramatic changes in judicial power and philosophy in the history of the American judiciary, the Court expanded civil rights and liberties, judicial power, and the federal power in dramatic ways.
The court was both applauded and criticized for bringing an end to racial segregation in the United States, incorporating the Bill of Rights (i.e. applying it to states), and ending officially-sanctioned voluntary prayer in public schools. The period is recognized as a high point in judicial power that has receded ever since, but with a substantial continuing impact.
Among other things, the SCOTUS under Chief Earl Warren:
- ended school segregation in America (Brown v. Board of Education)
- ended officially-sanctioned voluntary prayer in school (Engel v. Vitale)
- ruled that police officers must advise suspects of rights (later known as Miranda rights) when being arrested (Miranda v. Arizona)
- found anti-miscegenation laws (fraternization between races) unconstitutional (Loving v. Virginia)
- found for privacy and reproductive rights (Griswold v. Connecticut)
- held that a woman's right to an abortion is determined by the stage of pregnancy, and the state cannot prohibit abortion before viability (Roe v. Wade)
- AthenaLv 73 years ago
Considerable as it forced civil rights on society at all costs.
Generally the right thing to do, but it was not the purpose of the court originally and caused a lot of legal problems not foreseen by Warren.