Newport Book Club: The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero by: Peter S. Canellos
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
They say that history is written by the victors. But not in the case of the most famous dissenter on the Supreme Court. Almost a century after his death, John Marshall Harlan’s words helped end segregation and gave us our civil rights and our modern economic freedom.
Harlan’s dissents, particularly in Plessy v. Ferguson, were widely read and a source of hope for decades. Thurgood Marshall called Harlan’s Plessy dissent his “Bible”—and his legal roadmap to overturning segregation. In the end, Harlan’s words built the foundations for the legal revolutions of the New Deal and Civil Rights eras.
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Meeting Room: Newport - Kinsella Community Room Main Level
Age Range: adult