The Great Dissenter: John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero
The Gilded Age in the United States was a precarious time for many: giant trusts began to monopolize entire industries, and Northern whites—in an effort to appease the South—were willing to sacrifice the rights of the nation’s Black population. Shaped by his own experiences and upbringing, one Supreme Court justice challenged the social norms of the time to defend the civil rights of Black citizens, immigrant laborers, and other marginalized communities. Discover the life and legacy of Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan, whose words and principles laid the foundations for the legal revolutions of the New Deal and civil rights eras.
Peter S. Canellos is editor-at-large of POLITICO and the author of The Great Dissenter: John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.
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