Justice on Horseback – Web Exclusive
This is a companion piece to BackStory‘s full-length episode, “Scales of Justice: A History of Supreme Court Nominations,” broadcast in June of 2010.
Long before The People’s Court, there was circuit riding. In this piece, BackStory assistant producer Catherine Moore explores the earliest days of the Supreme Court, when Justices risked life and limb to bring their federal authority to America’s hinterlands. In the process, they would help bind together a new nation. Helping her tell the story are historians Maeva Marcus and 18th Century Guy Peter Onuf.