Members of the Search Committee: As a member of the Harvard Law School Class of 1981, I recommend that Professor David Wilkins '80 be named to replace Martha Minow as HLS Dean. I have known David since we were both students at HLS. Back then, I was struck by his gregarious and effervescent personality; he was a real "people" person. Now, almost four decades later, I am compelled to recommend David as Dean precisely because he is such a people person, a quality that motivates him to identify issues and take action that an ordinary person would not, and which makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Law School. For a number of years, I practiced higher education law, and defended state universities in tenure disputes.
“The Lincoln-Douglas Debates were a defining event in American Politics”(Goldfield,389). Lincoln was a prominent lawyer in the years prior to being elected president and returned after his presidency. Lincoln represented blacks in courts where he fought for their rights to remain free, but also during the 1830s and 1840s represented slave owners. He occasionally expressed views that it was wrong to own humans, but as politician during that time, he knew he couldn’t run on a position that emphasized slavery(Black). He even said it to be a minor issue for him prior to 1854.
Referring to such a defining moment in history were just one of the reasons why President Lincoln’s speech was so successful. The Gettysburg Address, one of the shortest, most quoted, and successful speeches in U.S. history was all due to the way President Lincoln was able to use ethos, logos, and pathos while presenting his speech to the audience at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Firstly, of the three modes of persuasion President Lincoln used his first was ethos. Ethos, are used to convince the audience with the author’s reliability or ethics.
Throughout the essay by James McPherson multiple evidence is used to get to his point of who freed the slaves. All of the evidence he uses is valid because it all is directed at the question he has posed. Also all of the evidence used has sources and can tracked to credible sources such as the evidence given by Robert F.Engs on page 193 which was taken from his lecture to the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. The evidence that stands out as convincing is the evidence that is directed at the question but is not obviously answering the question or obviously known. An example of this is the evidence taken from Francis B. Carpenter's book Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln, “I did not consider that I had a right to touch the ‘State’ institution of ‘Slavery’ until all other measures of restoring the Union had failed. . . .”(Carpenter
Martin Luther King was one of the most influential and inspiring people in US history. He devoted all his life to the development and integration of minorities in the country, such as blacks and the poor, and to gain rights and freedom for all. Through his journey towards the goal of equality, he used nonviolent tactics. However, these tactics were ineffective as long time was needed, their aims are not fully accomplished, and more sacrifice had happened. Martin Luther King’s nonviolent tactics were ineffective as it took long time and still Montgomery stayed as a segregated town after boycott.
The credibility of Perlstein is strengthened each time he incorporates an outside source. Although Perlstein’s credibility is firmly established through his use of concrete facts and quotes, his credibility is not perfect. He did not further develop into the usage of his own personal experiences with the topic. Without the use of personal experience, the audience can not relate to Perlstein as a regular person. The readers view Perlstein as an author whose article is mainly comprised of facts, figures and quotes.
Baldwin was at the center of the civil rights movement. In 1963 Baldwin assembled a group of Black leaders to meet with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to discuss race relations. Baldwin came to write this book because he wanted to and was able to give a firsthand account of what it was like to be a “Negro” growing up and then living in a “white” America of the 1960s. This book was James Baldwin’s plea to "end the racial nightmare" (p. 156). It is shocking to read this and to realize how little has changed between 1963 and now.
The Lucinda Matlock poem was written by amazing author name Edgar Lee Masters. Edgar Lee Masters had a successful career as a lawyer in his Chicago firm. He wrote many of him poems, plays, and essays in his firm, but when one of his friends gave him a copy of Selected Epitaphs from the Greek Anthology, which is a collection of Epitaphs that captured the essence of people’s personal lives. Edgar Lee Masters used the advice from the Epitaph to disregard conventional rhyme and meter, to produce a series of poems about lives of people in rural southern Illinois. He used the advice he was given the poem of Lucinda
For most of the United States’ history, civil rights for the black community was essentially nonexistent. Most African-Americans were forced into slavery and the law rarely sided with them on matters that involved the majority. However, as time progressed the black minority was given more and more liberties. For example, during Abraham Lincoln’s time as President of the United States, slavery was abolished; however, the black community still did not have the same rights as the majority. Nearly 100 years later, the Civil Rights Movement was able to successfully make the government pass legislation that would give African-Americans the same rights as that of the majority.
• “An Unsettling Settlement” is an article that appeared in Harper’s Weekly in the spring of 1869 that discusses and questions the Tenure of Office Act (the act is also included as one of my sources). This is the first of many primary sources that I have included in this annotated bibliography. I wanted to include this article when I argue if the Tenure of Office Act is constitutional or not and to discuss Andrew Johnson’s legacy on the presidency. “Articles of Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.”
An interesting news report that I read was about the inauguration of the first black mayor of the city of Chicago. At the time he was known as the Paramount Politician. This year was 1983, and his name was Harold L. Washington known for his strong speech. In our ethnic diversity, we are all brothers and sisters in a quest for greatness, he was running for mayor at a time when Chicago was still widely segregated. This is one of the things that he wanted to do to try to change the city of Chicago.
As noted by Neil Jumonville, a professor at Florida State University, Commager a well-known partaker in discussing political and social events such as World War II and the New Deal, it wasn’t uncommon for Commager to show “…unmistakable activist traits well before any of [the events] occurred” (Jumonville “The Origin of Henry Steele Commager 's Activist Ideas”).
Around 1851 after moving to Rochester, New York to open a very successful law firm with an old classmate, Morgan published League of the Iroquois. This book was the culmination of years of research in partnership with his friend Ely Parker, a Seneca, and is considered one of the earliest prominent ethnographic works.
Marsalis Teague is a famous person to Henry County because he is a great athlete, has won many awards and has done many things for his hometown. “Marsalis Teague was born in Memphis Tennessee on May 12, 1991.” Teague also has four siblings. He moved to Paris when he was around six. He attended Rhea, P.E.S., and Inman for his elementary and middle school.
He attended the University of Chicago for three years, and graduated with a political science degree. During his time in college, Sanders was an active member of the Congress of Racial Equality as well as being involved in the historic March on Washington in 1963. He told the Burlington Free Press, “That was clearly a major American injustice and something that had to be dealt with” (5 Things You Should Know About Bernie Sanders). Even then, as a twenty-two year old college student, Sanders was already finding ways to make equality happen. After graduating, Sanders told Guardian newspaper, “I saw unfairness.