Louis Brandeis: The People's Justice

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Louis Brandeis put the needs of the individual before the interest of government and big business. The first Jew to be nominated to the Supreme Court, he supported free speech, social reform and the right to privacy. He was known, informally, as "adviser to presidents." In addition, it was his support of the Zionism Movement that influenced American Jews to support it.

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Overview

Louis Brandeis put the needs of the individual before the interest of government and big business. The first Jew to be nominated to the Supreme Court, he supported free speech, social reform and the right to privacy. He was known, informally, as "adviser to presidents." In addition, it was his support of the Zionism Movement that influenced American Jews to support it.

Includes the use of anecdotes to present the personal and professional life of the first Jew to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Gr 5-8-When Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court in 1916, the Senate was reluctant to admit a "social reformer and highly political individual into the conservative world of government law." Anti-Semitism motivated some of the protest. When the nomination was confirmed, Brandeis became the first Jew and the first progressive justice to be appointed to the Court. This biography introduces key events in the life of this influential lawyer and judge, and provides an overview of his contributions, but does not provide enough depth to satisfy curious readers. For example, Brandeis is depicted as a leader in the Zionist movement, yet there is little information about what he actually did, or why he developed such an affinity for the cause. The organization is choppy and, at times, confusing, but overall, this is an adequate choice for reports when used in conjunction with other sources. Black-and-white photographs show the subject at various points in his life. David C. Gross's A Justice for All the People (Lodestar, 1987; o.p.) is more enjoyable to read as it moves in a smooth progression and creates a more vivid picture of the man's character.-Kristin Lott, East Brunswick Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894906787
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Justices of the Supreme Court Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Loius Brandeis: The People's Lawyer

    The author consistently showed how Brandeis was the people's lawyer. Brandeis helped to fight for unions and for the protection of workers. The author showed the integral roles he played not only in the court cases which gave states the power to put limits on working hours for woman and children, but also the influence he had on passing anti-trust laws and advising presidents on social reform issues. The author failed to give enough information onto how much Justice Brandeis influenced the jurisprudence concerning the first amendment. The author could only offer a few quotes and abstract ideas about Brandeis's feelings of free speech. The same holds true for his influence on the right to privacy. The book only said he influenced the right to privacy, but did not go in depth enough to answer what his philosophy was and why. This book looked more in depth at Louis Brandeis the people's lawyer and progressive reformer. It did not focus enough on the contributions Brandeis had made sitting at the helm of the highest court in the land.

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