Sunday, September 13, 2009

Slavery's Constitution, a cultural history of the Great Depression, and more in the book pages

In this weekend's book pages,
Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification
, by David Waldstreicher is reviewed in the Boston Globe. The Globe also reviews THE GI BILL: A New Deal for Veterans by Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin.

DANCING IN THE DARK: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris Dickstein is reviewed in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Also taken up in the Post is THE HAWK AND THE DOVE: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, And the History Of the Cold War, by Nicholas Thompson.

And Lawrence Solum's Legal Theory Bookworm recommends The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen.

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Things were bad, real bad in the 20s and 30s and history does have a way to repeat itself as we see many of the conditions and attempts to correct the problems facing us today. There was a man that sacrificed everything to support the laboring class in Louisiana and across America during the Great Depression. He took on the Roosevelt administration and fought the Bankhead act and called for the removal of Hugh Johnson as the head of the NRA. When he finally dismembered Governor Leche's former Long organization he became too controversial for Roosevelt. As a Law Partner of Huey Long he fought for the laboring class, as a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission he took his fight to the state level and as a Federal Prosecutor he took the fight to the national level. Harvey G. Fields was a four time delegate to the Democratic National Conventions and was famous for his floor fights. Ironically he critized both the Long administration and the Roosevelt administration when he thought they were wrong however he still maintained their respect and support. It wasn't until he broke up the deep rooted Roosevelt support base of Richard Leche that he was finally removed as the Federal Prosecutor for Louisiana. His private political papers have recently surfaced after forty-five years and names such as Long, Roosevelt, Farley and Leche appear throughout. More can be found about Fields at