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Democratic justice, Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court, and the making of the liberal establishment, Brad Snyder - hardcover

"The definitive biography of Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court justice and champion of twentieth-century American liberal democracy. Scholars have portrayed Felix Frankfurter-Harvard law professor and Supreme Court justice-as a judicial failure, a liberal lawyer turned conservative justice, and Warren Court villain. Yet as Brad Snyder reveals, Frankfurter was a pro-government, pro-civil rights liberal. He helped found the ACLU, rejected shifting political labels, and practiced judicial restraint. A disciple of Oliver Wendell Holmes and a protégé of Louis Brandeis, he thrived as a power broker for FDR and as a talent scout for the liberal establishment. (Former students and clerks included Dean Acheson, Elliot Richardson, and Richard Goodwin.) This sweeping narrative illuminates how an Austrian immigrant befriended presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson, led calls for a new trial for Sacco and Vanzetti, and helped achieve a unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education. The result is a full and fascinating portrait of a lawyer and Supreme Court justice who championed democracy"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Miss Hogan -- A quasi-religious feeling -- The dominant impulses of your nature -- The house of truth -- To a man, we want Frankfurter -- Not Brandeis's fight, but our fight -- These days we are all soldiers -- Personalia in Paris -- A dangerous man -- The possible gain isn't worth the cost -- The true function of a "liberal" -- Let Mr. Lowell resign -- The most useful lawyer in the United States -- From the outside -- The happy hot dogs -- Charming exile -- The most influential single individual in the United States -- An awful shock -- Sorta tough ain't it! -- The oddest collection of people -- The Brandeis way -- Preaching the true democratic faith -- Uncle Felix and aunt Marion -- F. F.'s soliloquy -- A great enemy of liberalism -- Race, redemption, and Roosevelt -- The real architect of the victory -- Frankfurter against black -- My eyes hath seen the glory of the coming of the lord -- I don't care what color a man has -- The Frankfurter cult on trial -- The first solid piece of evidence there really is a god -- The wise use of time -- All deliberate speed -- Red Monday -- The judicial response to little rock -- A health scare -- The political thicket -- Father to them all
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
979 pages, illustrations, 25 cm

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