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Packing the Court: Amid national crises, Lincoln and his Republicans remade the Supreme Court to fit their agenda

 

November 1, 2020



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State University

(THE CONVERSATION) As a political battle over the Supreme Court's direction rages in Washington with President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, history shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the Court are nothing new.

In the 1860s, President Abraham Lincoln worked with fellow Republicans to shape the Court to carry out his party's anti-slavery and pro-Union agenda. It was an age in which the court...



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