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ERIC Number: EJ814708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Klansman on the Court: Justice Hugo Black's 1937 Radio Address to the Nation
Carcasson, Martin; Aune, James Arnt
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v89 n2 p154-170 May 2003
Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, known for being a liberal First Amendment absolutist and a courageous defender of individual freedom, is considered one of the best justices ever to serve on the nation's high court. This essay examines the events surrounding Justice Black's controversial nomination to the Supreme Court, focusing on his nationally broadcast radio address on October 1, 1937, to answer charges that the then Alabama Senator was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Utilizing archival research from both the Franklin Roosevelt and Hugo Black papers, the analysis focuses on how Black's rhetorical philosophy and his adaptation to multiple audiences resulted in a remarkable "minimalist" address that, despite first impressions, ultimately contributed to his success in pacifying the situation. (Contains 64 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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