Justice John Marshall Harlan is considered one of the “great” Supreme Court Justices of the United States. Mainly because he dissented on the famous Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896 which promoted the idea of “separate but equal.” He had a long tenure on the court and voted on some 14,000 cases. But he came from a slave holding family and opposed emancipation. How can we explain this apparent contrast in his attitudes to race? Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame Linda Przybyzewski has written a very untraditional biography of this justice that looks in depth at the ideas Justice Harlan had on religion, race and rights to explain his voting record. Tune in tonight for an in depth discussion on The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan.
Many women are and have been uncredited collaborators to their successful husbands. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Susan Henry, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at California State University, Northridge. Her new book is titled Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale and Jane Grant. These were three dynamic women who lived in the first half of the twentieth century and who really were the reasons their husbands were so successful and famous yet until now they never got the credit they deserved. Tune in tonight and learn about these Lucy Stoners and their amazing lives.