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The Roberts Court ends the Civil Rights era: ADAM WINKLER of the UCLA Law School explains the historic significance of the Court’s 5-4 decision Tuesday invalidating the key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Adam writes about constitutional law and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast.
Also: The Supremes and gay marriage: JON DAVIDSON, Legal Director of Lambda Legal, comments on the court’s rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA. Jon reported for us after sitting in on the arguments in the Court on Prop 8 in March.
.Plus: The greatest generation? After the WWII Normandy invasion, after the heroism and sacrifice, American GIs’ violent sexual assaults on French women horrified the French.
Some Americans were prosecuted — and even executed–for raping French women — but almost all of them were black (including the father of Emmett Till).
MARY LOUISE ROBERTS tells that story – she teaches history at the University of Wisconsin/Madison and her new book is WHAT SOLDIERS DO: Sex and the American GI in WWII France.