American Crescendo, 1945–1974
This chapter focuses on the sixth “echo” of American constitutionalism: the period between 1945 and 1974. The United States became a superpower after World War II, its constitutionalism intact, when the sixth “echo” produced a crescendo. From 1945 to 1974, American constitutionalism enjoyed its highest peak abroad, spurred by the decolonization movement that gave rise to many of the constitutions of emerging new nations. The decolonization movement after 1950 also gave a new lease on life to the American Declaration of Independence. This chapter examines the influence of American constitutionalism on Western constitutionalism and on the constitutions of various countries including West Germany, Japan, Italy, Austria, France, Ireland, South Korea, India, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines as well as Latin American and the Caribbean countries. Finally, the chapter discusses violations of American constitutional tenets during the Cold War.
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