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Dissent and the Supreme Court - Its Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialogue

Melvin I. Urofsky

From the admired judicial authority, author of Louis D. Brandeis ("Remarkable"-Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books; "Monumental"-Alan M. Dershowitz, The New York Times Book Review), Division and Discord, and Supreme Decisions-Melvin Urofsky's major new book looks at the role of dissent in the Supreme Court and the meaning of the Constitution through the greatest and longest lasting public-policy debate in the country's history, among members of the Supreme Court, between the Court and the other branches of government, and between the Court and the people of the United States. Urofsky writes of the necessity of constitutional dialogue as one of the ways in which we as a people reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society. In Dissent and the Supreme Court, he explores the great dissents throughout the Court's 225-year history. He discusses in detail the role the Supreme Court has played in helping to define what the Constitution means, how the Court's majority opinions have not always been right, and how the dissenters, by positing alternative interpretations, have initiated a critical dialogue about what a particular decision should mean. This dialogue is sometimes resolved quickly; other times it may take decades before the Court adjusts its position. Louis Brandeis's dissenting opinion about wiretapping became the position of the Court four decades after it was written. The Court took six decades to adopt the dissenting opinion of the first Justice John Harlan in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)-that segregation on the basis of race violated the Constitution-in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Urofsky shows that the practice of dissent grew slowly but steadily and that in the nineteenth century dissents became more frequent. In the (in)famous case of Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), Chief Justice Roger Taney's opinion upheld slavery, declaring that blacks could never be citizens. The justice received intense condemnations from several of his colleagues, but it took a civil war and three constitutional

From the admired judicial authority, author of Louis D. Brandeis ("Remarkable"-Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books; "Monumental"-Alan M. Dershowitz, The New York Times Book Review), Division and Discord, and Supreme Decisions-Melvin Urofsky's major new book looks at the role of dissent in the Supreme Court and the meaning of the Constitution through the greatest and longest lasting public-policy debate in the country's history, among members of the Supreme Court, between the Court and the other branches of government, and between the Court and the people of the United States. Urofsky writes of the necessity of constitutional dialogue as one of the ways in which we as a people reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society. In Dissent and the Supreme Court, he explores the great dissents throughout the Court's 225-year history. He discusses in detail the role the Supreme Court has played in helping to define what the Constitution means, how the Court's majority opinions have not always been right, and how the dissenters, by positing alternative interpretations, have initiated a critical dialogue about what a particular decision should mean. This dialogue is sometimes resolved quickly; other times it may take decades before the Court adjusts its position. Louis Brandeis's dissenting opinion about wiretapping became the position of the Court four decades after it was written. The Court took six decades to adopt the dissenting opinion of the first Justice John Harlan in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)-that segregation on the basis of race violated the Constitution-in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Urofsky shows that the practice of dissent grew slowly but steadily and that in the nineteenth century dissents became more frequent. In the (in)famous case of Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), Chief Justice Roger Taney's opinion upheld slavery, declaring that blacks could never be citizens. The justice received intense condemnations from several of his colleagues, but it took a civil war and three constitutional
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From the admired judicial authority, author of Louis D. Brandeis ("Remarkable"-Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books; "Monumental"-Alan M. Dershowitz, The New York Times Book Review), Division and Discord, and Supreme Decisions-Melvin Urofsky's major new book looks at the role of dissent in the Supreme Court and the meaning of the Constitution through the greatest and longest lasting public-policy debate in the country's history, among members of the Supreme Court, between the Court and the other branches of government, and between the Court and the people of the United States. Urofsky writes of the necessity of constitutional dialogue as one of the ways in which we as a people reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society. In Dissent and the Supreme Court, he explores the great dissents throughout the Court's 225-year history. He discusses in detail the role the Supreme Court has played in helping to define what the Constitution means, how the Court's majority opinions have not always been right, and how the dissenters, by positing alternative interpretations, have initiated a critical dialogue about what a particular decision should mean. This dialogue is sometimes resolved quickly; other times it may take decades before the Court adjusts its position. Louis Brandeis's dissenting opinion about wiretapping became the position of the Court four decades after it was written. The Court took six decades to adopt the dissenting opinion of the first Justice John Harlan in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)-that segregation on the basis of race violated the Constitution-in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Urofsky shows that the practice of dissent grew slowly but steadily and that in the nineteenth century dissents became more frequent. In the (in)famous case of Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), Chief Justice Roger Taney's opinion upheld slavery, declaring that blacks could never be citizens. The justice received intense condemnations from several of his colleagues, but it took a civil war and three constitutional

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

19h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:37


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:05


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:44


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:09


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:22


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:38


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:31


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:22


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:37


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:47


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:22


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:27


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:25


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:57


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:13


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:31


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:57


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:12


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:45


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:09


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:51


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:22


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:19


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:34


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:18


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:04


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:28


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:16


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:29


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:43


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:03


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:35


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:37


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:33


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:24


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:53


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:40


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:24


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:42


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:52


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

08:22


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:04


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:09


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:17


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:08


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:46


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:50


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:00


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:06


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:00


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:56


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:38


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:19


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:24


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:08


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:42


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:06


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:52


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:49


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:09


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:58


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:53


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:40


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

08:11


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:30


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:18


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:20


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

09:00


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:51


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:49


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:16


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:29


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:40


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:14


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:25


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:04


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:33


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:18


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

08:32


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:05


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:21


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:43


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:38


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:45


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

00:39