September 23, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg portraitRuth Bader Ginsburg Notes for oral arguments in Duren v. Missouri November 1, 1978Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate One Hundred Third Congress First Session on the Nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to Be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States July 20, 21, 22, and 23, 1993More Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmation sourcesSupreme Court decisions written by Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader … [Read more...]

Today in History: Patrick Henry

Today in History–May 29–the Library of Congress features colonial politician Patrick Henry, born on this day in 1736. Henry subscribed to the political theory that humans are born with certain inalienable rights, an idea that is central to the Declaration of Independence, and was renowned for his speaking abilities. Learn more about this fiery orator by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary sources.Patrick Henry Was Born from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clarence Darrow

Today in History–April 18–TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus features legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this day in 1857. Darrow first gained notoriety as a labor lawyer defending union leaders in Chicago. He later went on to become one of the most well-known and well-respected criminal defense attorneys in the United States. Darrow is particularly remembered for his roles in the Haywood Trial, the Leopold and Loeb murder trial, and the Scopes "monkey" trial. Learn more about this articulate … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Pierce examining a witness–the good Samaritan

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Today in History: William Howard Taft

Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features William Howard Taft, born on this day in 1857. Taft had a very active political career that included two of our country's highest posts, President and Supreme Court Chief Justice. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about William H. Taft.William H. Taft inauguration primary source setWilliam H. Taft books and articlesWilliam H. Taft U.S. … [Read more...]