Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother?

80 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011 Last revised: 28 Dec 2011

James Wice Gordon

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

This Article summarizes the careers of James, John, and Robert Harlan. It then examines the evidence of the blood relationship between Robert Harlan and James Harlan, and speculates on the influence that John Harlan's contact with Robert Harlan might have had in shaping John's views on race. Finally, the Article reflects on the implications of the careers of John and Robert Harlan for our understanding of race in late nineteenth century America.

Keywords: James Harlan, John Harlan, Robert Harlan, race, racial views, legal history

Suggested Citation

Gordon, James Wice, Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother? (1993). Western New England Law Review, Vol. 15, p. 159, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1971934

James Wice Gordon (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

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Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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