Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court During the Civil War Era

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Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court During the Civil War Era

Justice of Shattered Dreams Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court During the Civil War Era Appointed by Abraham Lincoln to the U S Supreme Court during the Civil War Samuel Freeman Miller served on the nation s highest tribunal for twenty eight tumultuous years and holds a place

  • Title: Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court During the Civil War Era
  • Author: Michael A.Ross
  • ISBN: 9780807129241
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • Appointed by Abraham Lincoln to the U.S Supreme Court during the Civil War, Samuel Freeman Miller 1816 1890 served on the nation s highest tribunal for twenty eight tumultuous years and holds a place in legal history as one of the Court s most influential justices Michael A Ross creates a colorful portrait of a passionate man grappling with the difficult legal issuesAppointed by Abraham Lincoln to the U.S Supreme Court during the Civil War, Samuel Freeman Miller 1816 1890 served on the nation s highest tribunal for twenty eight tumultuous years and holds a place in legal history as one of the Court s most influential justices Michael A Ross creates a colorful portrait of a passionate man grappling with the difficult legal issues arising from a time of wrenching social and political change He also explores the impact President Lincoln s Supreme Court appointments made on American constitutional history.Best known for his opinions in cases dealing with race and the Fourteenth Amendment, particularly the 1873 Slaughter House Cases, Miller has often been considered a misguided opponent of Reconstruction and racial equality In this major reinterpretation, Ross argues that historians have failed to study the evolution of Miller s views during the war and explains how Miller, a former slaveholder, became a champion of African Americans economic and political rights He was also the staunchest supporter of the Court of Lincoln s controversial war measures, including the decision to suspend such civil liberties as habeas corpus.Although commonly portrayed as an agrarian folk hero, Miller in fact initially foresaw and embraced a future in which frontier and rivertown settlements would bloom into thriving metropolises The optimistic vision grew from the free labor ideology Miller brought to the Iowa Republican Party he helped found, one that celebrated ordinatry citizens right to rise in station an driches Disillusioned by the eventual failure of the boomtowns and repelled by the swelling coffers of eastern financiers, corporations, and robber barons, Miller became an insistent judicial voice for western Republicans embittered and marginalized in the Gilded Age.The first biography of Miller since 1939, this welcome volume draws on Miller s previously unavailable papers to shed new light on a man who saw his dreams for America shattered but whose essential political and social values, as well as his personal integrity, remained intact.

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    1. Robin Friedman on said:

      The evocatively titled "Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court during the Civil War Era" (2003) by Michael Ross is a biography of a leading American Supreme Court Justice and a legal and political history of the United States from the Civil War through Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. The author, Michael Ross, associate professor of history at Loyola University, New Orleans, received his law degree from Duke and practiced corporate law briefly before changing [...]

    2. Piker7977 on said:

      Justice of Shattered Dreams is much more than a biography. Like the studies of political power by Robert Caro, Ross examines the outside influences contributing to Miller's reasoning. His family, hometown, move to Iowa, witness to national events, and ascension to the Supreme Court play a role in the decisions he made later on in life. Among the more interesting side stories are Johnson's presidency, the Slaughter-House cases, and the rise and fall of Keokuk, IA during the 19th Century. Biograph [...]

    3. Liam on said:

      "'[I]t was fortunate [I] was born poor, as otherwise [I] would never have worked.'" (quoting Miller of himself, 1)"Chase's first thought upon meeting 'any man of force,' Miller believed, was 'invariably how I can use him for my Presidential aspirations.'" (quoting Miller of Chase, 93-4)"'The pretense,' Miller acerbically noted, 'is that the negro won't work without being compelled to do so, and this pretence is made in a country and by the white people, where the negro has done all the work for [...]

    4. Rick on said:

      Interesting take on Justice Miller and especially the Slaughterhouse Cases. But the book raises more questions than it answers about Miller's jurisprudence, which seems incoherent at the end of the day.

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