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    Book Discussion on An Old Wife's Tale

    Ms. Decter spoke about her book An Old Wife’s Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War, published by Regan Books. The book is a chronicle of her life since the 1940s, including her roles as single parent, publishing executive, spouse, conservative, and grandmother; as well as a portrait of American culture during the same time period. Throughout the narrative Ms. Decter expresses her opinion on such topics as the relationship between the sexes, the 1960s and '70s women’s movement, and communists. She also reacted to video clips of the appearances on “Booknotes” of her husband Norman Podhoretz in 1999 and her son John Podhoretz in 1993.

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    Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

    Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott, who was a slave, attempted to sue his owner John Sanford for his family’s freedom after they had been moved to a free state by their former master. Among other points, the court ruled that slave or free African Americans could not sue in federal court because they could not be U.S. citizens. 
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the introduction. 

    The Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War Revisited,” marked the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. "Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War," the first of the four lectures, was held in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.