Did the First Justice Harlan Have a Black Brother?
80 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2011 Last revised: 28 Dec 2011
Date Written: 1993
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
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