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America's Lone Star Constitution

How Supreme Court Cases from Texas Shape the Nation

Lucas A. Powe, Jr.


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Texas has created more constitutional law than any other state. In any classroom nationwide, any basic constitutional law course can be taught using nothing but Texas cases. That, however, understates the history and politics behind the cases. Beyond representing all doctrinal areas of constitutional law, Texas cases deal with the major issues of the nation. Leading legal scholar and Supreme Court historian Lucas A. Powe, Jr., charts the rich and pervasive development of Texas-inspired constitutional law. From voting rights to railroad regulations, school finance to capital punishment, poverty to civil liberties, this wide-ranging and eminently readable book provides a window into the relationship between constitutional litigation and ordinary politics at the Supreme Court, illuminating how all of the fiercest national divides over what the Constitution means took shape in Texas.

Praise For America's Lone Star Constitution: How Supreme Court Cases from Texas Shape the Nation

"...written by an expert with a deep knowledge of constitutional law who possesses a knack for the telling human detail...filled with wide- ranging opinions on the Supreme Court and its justices, Texas and Texans, and the workings of law and politics."
— Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"This thoroughly convincing monograph is the definitive work on Texan influence over federal case law. The included political conflicts are tremendously compelling. Indispensable for constitutional historians, Texas historians, and scholars whose work considers sociopolitical influences in American jurisprudence, this book is a delight to read and a most engaging, dramatic account of legal history."
— The Journal of American History

"Powe’s accessible and well-researched account demonstrates why “Texas and not California…provides breadth and depth to constitutional adjudication” that has had the deepest impact on the nation’s laws."
— New York Review of Books

University of California Press, 9780520297814, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2018

About the Author

Lucas A. Powe, Jr. is Anne Green Regents Chair in the School of Law and Professor of Government at the University of Texas. He is the author of five previous books, including The Warren Court and American Politics.