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More Perfect: The Political Thicket

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Civics +2 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Baker v. Carr (1962) was a landmark Supreme Court case regarding the political question doctrine. The case decided that the redistricting of state legislative districts is not a political question, and thus justiciable by the federal courts. Designed to complement the WNYC Studios podcast More Perfect, this collection explores the case and the Justices central to its history. 

Students will analyze this important Supreme Court decision involving the political question doctrine, and consider the opinions by the majority and the dissent. Students will also study how this case set a precedent for future cases regarding the Equal Protections Clause and the role of the Court.

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

Radiolab at WNYC Studios

Button, One Man One Vote

National Museum of American History

Supreme Court

National Portrait Gallery

Earl Warren

National Portrait Gallery

William Joseph Brennan

National Portrait Gallery

William O. Douglas, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Felix Frankfurter

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Evan Whittaker

Unknown - Photograph from the Supreme Court of the United States