Clark, Floyd Barzilia. The Constitutional Doctrines of Justice Harlan. Originally published: Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1915. ix, 208 pp. Reprinted 2004, 2019 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774464. ISBN-10: 1584774460. Hardcover. New. $24.95 * An essential study of the work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. John Marshall Harlan [1833-1911] wrote numerous dissenting opinions on everything from civil rights to the federal income tax during his long tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was said at the time to suffer from "dissent-ary," but posterity has shown him to be a liberal born too soon since many aspects of his dissents gained majorities after his death. We see this most clearly in his blistering dissents in the Civil Rights Cases (1883) and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). On a broader scale, his interpretation of "due process" contributed to the development of the incorporation theory during the 1950s and 60s. Viewed as a whole, his emphasis on the social consequences of decisions rather than adherence to abstract legal principles pointed the way toward the work of Pound and Llewellyn. Clark offers an excellent introduction to Harlan's doctrines regarding civil rights, the suability of states, impairment of the obligation of contracts, interstate and foreign commerce, judicial legislation and other topics that is valuable for its balance of summary and interpretation. It continues to be an essential study of Harlan's judicial beliefs.
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