Legal History on C-Span Book TV this weekend:
Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President
by Jill Norgren
Saturday, May 19 at 2:15 pm and Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 pm
Description: Historian Jill Norgren chronicles the life of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to run a full presidential campaign in 1884. She would run again in 1888 to demonstrate that women could compete with men in the political arena. Belva Lockwood was also the first woman to practice at the bar of the Supreme Court in 1879. The author will be introduced by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her talk will be followed with comments by John Ferren, Senior Judge, DC Court of Appeals; Wendy Williams, Law Professor at Georgetown University and Justice Ginsburg.
Author Bio: Jill Norgren is Professor Emerita of Government and Legal studies at John Jay College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She is also the author of "The Cherokee Cases: Two Landmark General Decisions in the Fight for Sovereignty" and co-author of "Partial Justice: Federal Indian Law in a Liberal-Constitutional System."
Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
by Jack Rakove
Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm
Description: Jack Rakove won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his book "Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution." He tells his story of the beginnings of the document as well as its relevance today. Mr. Rakove was interviewed for Booknotes in May of 1997
Author Bio: Jack Rakove has been a professor of history at Stanford since 1980. He won the pulitzer prize in 1997 for his book "Original Meanings." His first book was "The Beginnings of National Politics.' He is originally from Chicago.