Historians FTW!

February 1, 2009 at 7:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(originally written July 16, 11:25 pm)

Quick interesting article about the intersection between politics, law, and history: another LA Times article, but this one is delightfully free (so far as I could tell) of language blunders. Rather, it discusses the various ways in which Supreme Court judges have interpreted (and misinterpreted, natch) history over the years in justifying their rulings. I felt a twinge of happy validation of the path I’ve chosen for my future when two history professors were called upon to judge the hapless judges: “Neither of the two main opinions in [this case] would pass muster as serious historical writing,” nor is either relevant judge a “competent historian.” Man, nobody brings the hurt like a HISTORIAN!


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