The Supreme Court's Great Dissenter
This episode originally aired on August 10, 2021.
They say that history is written by the victors, but the civil rights movement and our modern economic freedoms are largely the function of the most famous dissenter on the Supreme Court: John Marshall Harlan a hundred years prior.
We learn about his story and how an enslaved member of his childhood household emerged to help Harlan land the appointment to the nation’s highest court.
We talk with the author of a new biography of supreme court justice John Marshall Harlan.
- Peter S. Canellos, author of The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero
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