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Making Modern FloridaHow the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution$
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Mary E. Adkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062853

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062853.001.0001

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The U.S. Supreme Court Reapportionment Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court Reapportionment Cases

(p.31) 2 The U.S. Supreme Court Reapportionment Cases
Making Modern Florida

Mary E. Adkins

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the Supreme Court’s actions on reapportionment cases nationally in the early 1960s when all states were malapportioned, and the Court’s movement toward the one-man-one-vote requirement. It puts the Florida malapportionment problem in the national perspective. It also describes how the Florida legislators decried the intrusion of the U.S. Supreme Court into state affairs, and how the Florida Supreme Court’s defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on civil rights and social reform, prominently including Justice Harold “Tom” Sebring’s role in the Virgil Hawkins cases, actually invited the U.S. Supreme Court to intrude, bypass Florida government, and rule directly on Florida’s apportionment.

Keywords:   Florida Supreme Court, Harold “Tom” Sebring, Malapportionment, Reapportionment, States’ rights, Supreme Court, Virgil Hawkins

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