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John Marshall: The Final Founder

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Hosted by Dick Polman

In John Marshall: The Final Founder (Lyons Press 2021), Robert Strauss demonstrates the significance of Chief Justice John Marshall in holding the union together after the original founding days. The Supreme Court met in the basement of the new Capitol building in Washington when Marshall took over, which is just about what the executive and legislative branches thought of the judiciary. The Final Founder emphasizes Marshall’s singular achievement — to move the Court from the basement and truly make it Supreme — and advocates for a change in how we should understand the timeline for the “founding” of the United States. And to make this history come alive, Dick and Robert will talk about how Marshall’s groundbreaking career resonates with the America we know today.

Robert Strauss has been a reporter at Sports Illustrated; a feature writer for the Philadelphia Daily News; a news and sports producer for KYW-TV, then the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, and the TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Asbury Park Press. For the last two decades, he has been a freelance journalist, his most prominent client being the New York Times, where he has had more than 1000 by-lines. He has taught non-fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999 and been an adjunct professor at Temple University, the University of Delaware and St. Joseph’s University as well. He is the author of Worst. President. Ever. among other books, including his latest, John Marshall: The Final Founder (Lyons Press 2021).


March 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Kelly Writers House