Ignoble Intentions and Noble Dreams: On Relativism and History with a Purpose

  title={Ignoble Intentions and Noble Dreams: On Relativism and History with a Purpose},
  author={J. Morgan Kousser},
  journal={The Public Historian},
  • J. M. Kousser
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • History, Law
  • The Public Historian
In 1980, immediately after the Southern Historical Association Convention at the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta, historian Peyton McCrary and a bevy of voting-rights lawyers gathered together a group of historians to try to engage them as expert witnesses in voting-rights litigation. Earlier in 1980 in the case of Mobile v. Bolden, a plurality of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court had decided that to sustain a claim of vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act or the Fifteenth Amendment… 
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