Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Welcome to Guest Blogger Mark Tushnet

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!

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