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    Comparing Approaches to Historical Narrative

    Cokie Roberts moderated a panel discussion entitled “Doing History: Comparing Approaches to the Historian’s Craft.” Participants included historical novelist Thomas Mallon, historical…

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    Life and Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

    Melvin Urofsky, author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, talked about the Supreme Court justice’s life, legal career, and legacy. This event was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his…

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    Lochner v. New York Supreme Court Case

    The Supreme Court Historical Society hosts a discussion among authors and academics on the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case Lochner v. New York. In the decision, the Court ruled a New York law limiting the number of hours a baker…

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    Supreme Court and Foreign Relations

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talked about the influence of foreign relations on American national security and civil liberties. He spoke about cases featured in his book, The Court…

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    Influence of Chief Justice John Marshall

    Jeffrey Rosen spoke about on the influence of former Chief Justice John Marshall, who served from 1801-1835. Mr. Rosen talked about the ideological differences between Justice Marshall and…

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    U.S. Supreme Court 1873 Slaughterhouse Cases

    Professor Randy Barnett talked about the U.S. Supreme Court Slaughterhouse Cases. In the series of cases, the Supreme Court upheld a monopoly of slaughterhouses in New Orleans to protect…

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    Reconstruction Era Rights

    Professor Laura Edwards spoke about the differences between federal and local courts during the Reconstruction Era. The actions of these courts frequently conflicted with each other in…

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    Erwin Griswold Book Prize Lecture on Nixon's Court

    Kevin McMahon, author of Nixon’s Court: His Challenge to Judicial Liberalism and Its Political Consequences, delivered the Erwin Griswold Book Prize Lecture in the U.S. Supreme Court chamber.…

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    Magna Carta Legal Heritage

    Baroness Brenda Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, delivered the Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual lecture. The topic was the shared legal heritage…

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    Reconstruction Amendments

    Professor Pamela Brandwein, author of Rethinking the Judicial Settlement of Reconstruction, talked about the Reconstruction Amendments - the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S.…

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    Reconstruction and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Professor Michael Ross talked about the role of the Supreme Court during Reconstruction. He spoke about the tensions between President Andrew Johnson and the Republican-controlled Congress,…

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    Justice Holmes and the Civil War

    Panelists at the Supreme Court Historical Society talked about the impact of the Civil War on the life of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. The Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2014 Leon Silverman…

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    Chief Justice Roger Taney and the Civil War

    Timothy Huebner talked about Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and emancipation. Roger B. Taney served as chief justice of the United States from 1836 to his death in 1864 and delivered the majority opinion in the Dred Scott…

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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…

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    50th Anniversary of the Warren Commission

    James Swanson talked about the formation, goals, and legacy of the Warren Commission, which was established to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Mr.…

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    Personal Accounts from U.S. Solicitors General

    Former Solicitors General Drew Days, Paul Clement, and Justice Elena Kagan recounted the experiences and challenges of the position, which represents the United States government before the…

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    History of Bell v. Maryland

    Panelists talked about Bell v. Maryland, a civil rights case argued in 1963, in which Robert Bell, who was a student at the time, was arrested for protesting against segregation. Mr. Bell…

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    Native American Lands and the Supreme Court

    Angela Riley spoke in the Supreme Court chamber about the history of the Supreme Court and Native American lands. The lecture, which took place in the Supreme Court chamber, was one in a…

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    The Supreme Court and Eminent Domain

    Richard Epstein is the author of Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain. In his book he argues that eminent domain has been interpreted too narrowly by the courts. He…

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    30th Anniversary of Justice O'Connor's Appointment

    Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan participated in a forum with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Justice O’Connor’s nomination…

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