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The Supreme Court During World War Two: What War Does To The Constitution

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ClassGraphic By the time the United States entered World War Two, Franklin Roosevelt had chosen seven of the nine sitting Supreme Court Justices. During the war, the Court would confront issues which would test the limits of our constitutional rights and responsibilities. In this study group, we will discuss questions such as: Do German saboteurs on US soil have a right to trial before execution? Can Japanese citizens and non-citizens be interned as threats to national security? Can communists be stripped of their citizenship? Are “all white” primary elections constitutional? In his new book, The Court At War: FDR, His Justices And The World They Made (Hachette Book Group, 2023) Georgetown University law professor Cliff Sloan gives us an intimate look at the Justices and their rivalries, as well as how their ongoing close relationship with Roosevelt impacted their decisions on the cases before them. Using Professor Sloan’s book and background material on each of the Justices, as well as Thurgood Marshall, and excerpts from the Court’s opinions, we will analyze and debate the issues as the Court saw them at the time and how the same issues might be addressed today.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Marc Beem2.Michael Sehr 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/5/2024 - 6/4/2024 Weekly - Tue 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Michael Sehr  ; Marc Beem 
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