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“The Great Dissenter” Justice John Marshall Harlan during America’s Gilded Age. Presented by American Ancestors NEHGS and the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library together with the New England Historic Genealogical Society presents another virtual event in the American Stories, Inspiration Today author series.

The Managing Editor of Politico, former Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe, and author Peter S. Canellos will discuss his latest book,“The Great Dissenter,” and then join in a conversation with author and Professor Carlo Rotella (Boston College, English, American Studies and journalism) about the life and work of one of our country’s “great dissenters,” Justice John Marshall Harlan.

At the time of Harlan’s service on the United State Supreme Court from 1877 to 1911, during America’s Gilded Age, Northern whites were prepared to take away black rights to appease the South and giant trusts monopolized entire industries. As case after case came before the court, challenging his core values, Harlan broke with his colleagues in fundamental ways, becoming the nation’s prime defender of the rights of Black people, immigrant laborers, and people in distant lands occupied by the United States.

Celebrate our country in this holiday week by learning about Harlan’s life and times, and his work that set the stage for our country’s future including the legal revolutions of the New Deal and Civil Rights era.

Jul 8, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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