- Over at Balkinization, David Pozen has an important post on the debate
prompted by Matthew Connelly’s report, State Secrecy, Archival Negligence, and the End of History as We Know It. The takeaway: "A crisis in the
national archives, all of the authors agree, is a crisis in American democracy."
- Michael Les Benedict, emeritus at Ohio State University, will deliver The Transformative 14th Amendment: The Constitutional Amendment that Reshaped America as the 2018 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History at Ohio Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m. on September 20 in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware, OH.
- Adam Winkler’s We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights has made the longlist for the National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction. H/t: New Yorker
- If a legal historian appeared in your school's annual "new hires and visitors" press release, please send us the link. Here is Georgetown Law on Kevin Arlyck.
- “Attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of historian Heather Thompson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy was censored by Illinois prison officials.” H/t: The Beachwood Reporter.
- Book Reviews: Over at Jotwell: Anders Walker’s Did Black Baptists Join the War on Drugs?, a review of James Forman, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. In The Globe and Mail, A review of Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life, a biography written by former ASLH president Constance Backhouse. In the New York Law Journal, Jeffrey Winn reviews James Simon’s Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties.
- ICYMI: A Short History of Land Transfers and Title in Georgia on the practitioner Dale J. Jackson's Real Estate Legal Blogs. Wayne State's Robert Sedler develops a point about treason that Stephen Vladeck frequently makes on Twitter: the constitution defines it narrowly, and for good reason. And, in the WSJ, Joseph J. Ellis urges that "all justices should take a vow of humility, content themselves with incremental reforms of the law...."