The Legal History Blog welcomes Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School, who will be guest blogging in June. Mark needs no introduction to LHB readers. He’s a rare scholar in that he is prominent in more than one field. Mark is a leading Constitutional Law scholar. When I was starting out, he was most well known as an important Critical Legal Studies scholar. Along the way, he has published significant work in legal history.
I first encountered Mark’s work when I was in law school through his book The American Law of Slavery, 1810-1860: considerations of humanity and interest. When I started working on civil rights history, his book The NAACP's Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education, 1925-1950 was essential reading. Mark is the leading biographer of Thurgood Marshall, publishing two biographies: Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1956-1961, and Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991, and a collection of Marshall’s work: Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences. Other work includes: Slave Law in the American South: State V. Mann in History and Literature, A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Taking the Constitution Away from the Courts, and much more. Mark now seems to publish as many books a year as most people publish articles. As his work has taken him to other circles, he has remained a friend of legal history, and of legal historians. We are pleased to have him join us for a while.
Welcome to Mark!