April 11
The Elder Harlan

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Justice John Marshall Harlan, the great dissenter from the Gilded Age Court

Today begins the first of a four-week unit on the law in 20th century America, with a focus on the turn of the century court. To begin, this primer on how to read Supreme Court cases historically.


Przybyszewski, The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan, pp. 81-184.
Reading notes

U.S. v. E.C. Knight (1895)
Lochner v. New York: Harlan dissent
Muller v. Oregon (1908)
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)