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Louis Brandeis: The Jewish Boy From Kentucky Who Became a Supreme Court Legend

A new biography examines the ground-breaking cases, comportment, and all-around genius of the country’s first Jewish justice

Jewish Lives (Sponsored)
June 15, 2016
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Courtesy of Wikipedia

Exactly a century ago, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. After a contentious confirmation process, he became the first Jewish justice, serving on the bench for 23 years. His rulings on privacy, workers’ rights, and free speech feel as relevant today as they did when he issued them, and his foresight, wisdom, and clear-spokenness cemented his reputation as nothing short of a visionary.

In Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet, writer Jeffrey Rosen explores Brandeis’ personal and professional life. He joins Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry to discuss the influence Thomas Jefferson had on Brandeis—known as the “Jewish Jefferson,” the justice’s ruling in Whitney v. California—a landmark free-speech case, and why Brandeis is uniquely relevant in the fractious political climate of our day.

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