Scales of Justice: A History of Supreme Court Nominations
Another summer, another Supreme Court vacancy!
Just in time for the Kagan confirmation hearings, BackStory is delving into the long history of appointments to the Supreme Court. What qualities did presidents and lawmakers look for in Supreme Court justices 200 years ago, and how have those expectations changed? How much have nominees’ personalities and backgrounds mattered in the past? Was the confirmation process always as “politicized” as it seems today? Was it more so? How has media coverage affected the process? Join the History Guys as they explore the highlights – and lowlights – of Supreme Court nominations past.
- Maeva Marcus, Director of the Institute for Constitutional History and editor of The Documentary History of the Supreme Court: 1789-1800
- Henry J. Abraham, James Hart Professor of Government Emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of Justices, Senators, and Presidents: A History of U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton
- Linda Przybyszewski, Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and author of The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan
- Listen to “Justice on Horseback,” the story of early America’s wandering justices.
- Listen to more excerpts of Brian’s interview with Henry J. Abraham.
- Listen to the full version of Peter’s interview with Maeva Marcus.
- Listen to the full version of Ed’s interview with Linda Przybyszewski.
Want to dig deeper into the history of Supreme Court Nominations? Check out this list of resources compiled by the History Guys to learn more.