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Laughter at the Court: The Supreme Court as a Source of Humor
Southern California Law Review (2006)
  • Laura K. Ray
The emergence of the Supreme Court as a subject for cartoon humor in the years following Brown v. Board of Education is evidence of a significant development in the public's attitude toward the Court: a growing awareness of its expanding role in American life, together with a willingness to appreciate - and laugh at - the impact of the Court's jurisprudence on domestic life. This first study to examine cartoons as a measure of public perceptions of the Court draws on the recent publication of the complete cartoons of The New Yorker magazine, spanning the period from 1925 to the present. These cartoons, most of which rely on personal conversations between spouses, friends, and colleagues for their humor, suggest that over the past eighty years New Yorker readers came to appreciate both the Court's role in the sweeping social changes that followed Brown and the impact of specific Court opinions on their own lives.
  • supreme court,
  • humor,
  • law and society
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Laura K. Ray. "Laughter at the Court: The Supreme Court as a Source of Humor" Southern California Law Review Vol. 79 (2006)
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