"Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie" explores the
many ways that the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Ohio has affected the region, the nation, the
development of American law, and American politics. The essays in
this book, written by eminent law professors, historians, political
scientists, and practicing attorneys, illustrate the range of cases
and issues that have come before the court. Since the court's
inception in 1855, judges have influenced economic developments and
social issues, beginning with the court's most famous early case,
involving the rescue of the fugitive slave John Price by residents
of Northern Ohio.
Chapters focusing on labor strikes, free speech, women's rights,
the environment, the death penalty, and immigration illustrate the
impact this court and its judges have had in the development of
society and the nation's law. Some of the cases here deal with
local issues with huge national implications ---like political
corruption, school desegregation, or pollution on the Cuyahoga
River. But others are about major national issues that grew out of
incidents, such as the prosecution of Eugene V. Debs for opposing
World War I, the litigation resulting from the Kent State shootings
and opposition to the Vietnam War, and the immigration status of
the alleged Nazi war criminal John Demyanjuk.
This timely history confirms the significant role played by
district courts in the history of the United States.
Roberta Sue Alexander, Martin H. Belsky,
Melvyn Dubofsky, Paul Finkelman, Alison K. Guernsey, Thomas R.
Keith H. Hirokawa, Nancy E. Marion,
Dan Aaron Polster, Renee C. Redman,
Elizabeth Reilly, Richard B. Saphire,
Tracy A. Thomas, Melvin i. Urofsky
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