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Philippa Strum, our foremost authority on Louis Brandeis, gathers together for the first time a sterling selection from his most provocative and profound writings. A kind of "Portable Brandeis," this book provides a concise and readable guide to the thought of a truly great American.

Brandeis, the Ralph Nader of the early twentieth century, was known as the "People's Attorney" for his continuous crusades on behalf of the public. He spoke before citizens' groups and legislative bodies, wrote articles for popular magazines, put his ideas about industrial democracy in the briefs he submitted as a lawyer and later in the opinions he wrote as a Supreme Court justice (1916-1938), and advised presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.

The problems Brandeis faced and the answers he fashioned could have leaped from today's newspapers: corruption in government, conflicts between majority rule and minority rights, movements to limit free speech and the right to privacy, gender equality, the importance of education, the causes of and possible solutions for poverty, the social costs of excessive political or corporate power, the uneasy relationship between lawyers and the public, efficiency and justice in the workplace, the tension between Federal power and states' autonomy, and the responsibility of citizens to their community.

In all his endeavors, Brandeis emphasized both political and economic democracy, citizen participation, and a balance between rights and responsibilities. As leader of the American Zionist movement from 1914 through the 1930s, he dreamed of a democratic Jewish homeland in Palestine founded on Jeffersonian principles. And there were similar echoes of the Founding Fathers in his campaign against the corporate trusts in the United States.

These selections from Brandeis's speeches, letters to family and colleagues, newspaper interviews, articles, and judicial opinions offer us the essence of Brandeis's genius and allow us to appreciate the range and relevance of his ideas for America today.

Synopsis:

"Captures the full range and richness of Brandeis's writings in his own compelling words". — James MacGregor Burns, author of The American Experiment.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Democracy and Public Service

3. The Living Law

4. Justice for the Workers

5. Business and "The Curse of Bigness"

6. Zionism: Progressives and Pilgrims in Palestine

7. Government in a Democracy

8. The Right to Be Let Alone

9. The Right to Free Speech

Notes

Additional Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700606795
Author:
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Editor:
Strum, Philippa
Author:
Brandeis, Louis D.
Author:
Strum, Philippa
Location:
Lawrence, Kan. :
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
Judges -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Courts - Supreme Court
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Legal History
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
American Political Thought
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272

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