This is the latest in Professor Currie's continuing series on the historical development of constitutional doctrine. In this article Professor Currie surveys the major decisions of the Supreme Court between 1930 and 1941 in the area of criminal procedure, civil rights and civil liberties. In the area of criminal procedure, Professor Currie concludes that in deciding what procedures were required or forbidden by due process, historical inquiry was displaced by a fundamental-rights test. In the area of civil liberties, Professor Currie concludes that the Court made modest progress. Finally, Professor Currie concludes that the Court's most important civil liberties work during the period was in the area of freedom of expression, assembly and religion.
David P. Currie,
The Constitution in the Supreme Court: Civil Rights and Liberties, 1930-1941,
1987 Duke Law Journal
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/dlj/vol36/iss5/2