Named to the Supreme Court by Franklin Roosevelt, Justices Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Robert Jackson started out as New Deal liberals. But over time their views evolved, with each developing his own distinctive constitutional theories.
Harvard law professor Noah Feldman discusses their struggles and the far-reaching decisions they left behind in Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices on Friday March 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St.
Four more different individuals could hardly be imagined. Yet Black, Douglas, Frankfurter and Jackson each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings and nursed a driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius.
Their quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. Scorpions tells the story of these four great justices - their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
Feldman is the author of four books about Iraq and the Middle East. In 2004 he advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of an interim constitution for that country. Esquire has named Feldman one of 75 influential figures for the 21st century and New York magazine has designated him as one of three top "influentials in ideas."
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Co-sponsored by the Truman Library Institute and the local chapter of the Federal Court Historical Society.