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America's Lone Star ConstitutionHow Supreme Court Cases from Texas Shape the Nation$
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Lucas A. Powe Jr.

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297807

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297807.001.0001

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(p.249) Conclusion
America's Lone Star Constitution

Lucas A. Powe Jr.

University of California Press

This chapter concludes that the book has discussed Texas's influence on all the doctrinal areas of modern constitutional law, showing that constitutional cases litigated by and in the state capture the major themes of the relation of law and politics in the entire country. In addition to representing all doctrinal areas of constitutional law, Texas cases revolve around the major issues of the nation, from race to wealth and poverty to civil liberties and the relationship of the states and the federal government to war. This conclusion summarizes some of those important cases, including City of Boerne v. Flores, an exercise in judicial review striking down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it applied to states; Texas v. Johnson (flag burning); Reagan v. Farmers' Loan and Trust (railroad rates); Lawrence v. Texas (homosexual sodomy); and Roe v. Wade and Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt (abortion).

Keywords:   constitutional law, City of Boerne v. Flores, judicial review, Texas v. Johnson, Reagan v. Farmers' Loan and Trust, railroad rates, Lawrence v. Texas, sodomy, Roe v. Wade, abortion

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