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Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie
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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.

Contributors:
Roberta Sue Alexander, Martin H. Belsky,
Melvyn Dubofsky, Paul Finkelman, Alison K. Guernsey, Thomas R. Hensley,
Keith H. Hirokawa, Nancy E. Marion,
Dan Aaron Polster, Renee C. Redman,
Elizabeth Reilly, Richard B. Saphire,
Tracy A. Thomas, Melvin i. Urofsky

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Part 1: Beginnings
  2. p. 13
  1. Chapter 1: The Willson Era: The Inception of the Northern District of Ohio, 1855–67
  2. pp. 15-36
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  1. Chapter 2: A Political Show Trial in the Northern District: The Oberlin-Wellington Fugitive Slave Rescue Case
  2. pp. 37-73
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  1. Chapter 4: The Trial of Eugene V. Debs, 1918
  2. pp. 97-118
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  1. Part 2: The Modern Court
  2. p. 119
  1. Introduction to Part 2
  2. pp. 121-126
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  1. Chapter 5: Bringing Brown to Cleveland
  2. pp. 127-164
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  1. Chapter 6: The Struggle for Gender Equality in the Northern District of Ohio
  2. pp. 165-187
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  1. Chapter 7: Religion in the Public Sector
  2. pp. 188-207
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  1. Chapter 9: Preserving Trust in Government: Public Corruption and the Court
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. Chapter 10: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the May 4, 1970 Shooting at Kent State University
  2. pp. 249-265
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  1. Chapter 11: When Law and Conscience Conflict: The Draft Nonregistration Case of United States v. Mark Arden Schmucker
  2. pp. 266-288
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  1. Chapter 12: The Trials of John Demjanjuk
  2. pp. 289-310
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  1. Chapter 13: Capital Litigation in the Northern District
  2. pp. 311-334
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 335-346
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  1. Appendix A: Historical Listing of Northern District Court of Ohio District Judges
  2. pp. 347-349
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  1. Appendix B: Historical Listing of Northern District Court of Ohio Magistrate Judges
  2. p. 351
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 353-356
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  1. Index of Cases
  2. pp. 357-364
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 365-374
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